About

One World is an imprint of Random House, a division of Penguin Random House, the world’s largest trade book publisher. The mission of ONE WORLD, is to provide a home for authors—novelists, essayists, memoirists, poets, journalists, thinkers, activists, and creative artists unconstrained by genre—who seek to challenge the status quo, subvert dominant narratives, and give us new language to understand our past, present, and future. Their growing list includes some of the most talented writers in the world, from National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners to award-winning humanitarians and groundbreaking activists. One World writers represent voices from across the spectrum of humanity telling critical, universally important, and compelling stories about a changing world.

Meet the Team

Chris Jackson, Publisher & Editor-in-Chief, He/Him

Chris Jackson is the publisher and editor-in-chief of One World, a newly relaunched imprint of Random House. He’s the editor of a wide range of award-winning and bestselling authors, including Bryan Stevenson, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Jill Leovy, Trevor Noah, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Ibram X. Kendi, Valarie Kaur, and Eddie Huang. His own writing has appeared in The Paris Review, Callalloo, The Atlantic.com, and other outlets. He lives in New York.

Elizabeth Méndez Berry, VP & Executive Editor, She/Her

Elizabeth Méndez Berry is Vice President and Executive Editor of One World. Before joining One World, she invested in the arts, journalism and freedom of speech in roles at the Ford Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. She co-founded several philanthropic initiatives, including Critical Minded, which supports cultural critics of color. A former critic and journalist, she started her career at Vibe Magazine; in his book Decoded, Jay-Z cited one of her essays as an inspiration for his song “Public Service Announcement.” And her Spanish-language oped on street harassment helped spark the country’s first ever city council hearing on street harassment. She is on the boards of A Long Walk Home and Critical Minded.

Kierna Mayo, VP & Executive Editor, She/Her

Kierna Mayo is Vice President and Executive Editor of One World and Roc Lit 101. Her three-decade long career in print and digital media began with covering hip hop culture. Kierna is the co-founder of Honey magazine and the former editor in chief of Ebony magazine. Her own writing has appeared in Essence, Marie Claire, The New York Times, Vibe, The Smithsonian and other outlets. She is a Folio 100 and Root 100 honoree, and her editorial work has also earned distinguished honors from GLAAD and the NAACP. Kierna is founding member of The Kennedy Center Hip Hop Culture Council. She thinks of herself as both cultural critic and culture creator; that’s why she named her dope podcast Culturati.

Nicole Counts, Senior Editor, She/Her

Nicole Counts is a Senior Editor at One World, an imprint of Random House, where she works with Fatimah Asghar, Morgan Parker, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Donovan X. Ramsey, Brittany Packnett, Nate Marshall, Danielle Geller, and Gabriella Burnham, among others. She started her career in marketing and publicity at PublicAffairs and Bold Type Books. She is a member of POC in publishing and a volunteer with Well-Read Black Girl. She was a finalist for the 2020 PW Star Watch.

Mika Kasuga, Senior Publishing Manager, She/Her

Mika Kasuga is the Senior Publishing Manager at One World, an imprint of Random House. Previously she was the publishing manager at Random House, overseeing the Random House, Dial, Hogarth, and Modern Library lists. During her time as publishing manager she also created the Modern Library Torchbearers program, a series that honors a more inclusive vision of the canon by celebrating significant, and often neglected, works of literature written by women. She started her career in editorial at Random House, where she worked with such bestselling authors as Reza Aslan, Salman Rushdie, and Bernard-Henri Lévy.

Carla Bruce, Director of Publicity, She/Her

Carla Bruce is the Director of Publicity at One World and Roc Lit 101. She began her career in education, teaching English and French to middle and high school girls. Throughout her publishing career, she has worked with authors like Brit Bennett, Frances de Pontes Peebles, Olga Tokarczuk, Ross Gay, Mathangi Subramanian, and Zaina Arafat. She is a freelance writer, with work in the New York Times, New York Magazine, Guernica, and Nylon, among other places, and is a member of POC in Publishing. A passable French speaker and first generation Jersey native, she now resides in Brooklyn with her daughter and 2 cats.

Lulú Martínez, Director of Marketing, She/Her

Lulú Martínez is the Director of Marketing at One World. A transplant from Mexico City, she moved to New York to pursue an MS in Publishing at Pace University. She previously worked at Kensington Books, and most recently for the HarperOne Group at HarperCollins. She is a faculty member teaching marketing at Inkluded, a program that champions diversity in publishing by actively working to train and place young people from excluded groups into their first publishing jobs.
An avid runner and amateur vegan baker in her spare time.

Andrea Pura, Marketing and Publicity Associate, She/Her

Andrea Pura is a Marketing and Publicity Associate at One World. She has worked on campaigns with essayists, novelists, and nonfiction authors across genres including Glennon Doyle, Cathy Park Hong, Taffy Brodesser-Akner, Ann Napolitano, and Sister Helen Prejean. She is co-chair of POC@PRH, an employee resource group that fosters a culture of inclusivity and self-expression at Penguin Random House. Prior to working in marketing and publicity, she was a speaking agent at the Penguin Random House Speakers Bureau, a literary events producer at Symphony Space, and also interned at Akashic Books.

Sun Robinson-Smith, Editorial Assistant, She/Her

Sun Robinson-Smith is an Editorial Assistant at One World. Sun began her publishing career at Workman, where she worked on bestselling calendars and nonfiction titles about traveling, parenting, and self-improvement. A graduate of Colgate University and the Columbia Publishing Course at Oxford, Sun is an avid traveler and reigning trivia champion, so she believes there is no such thing as too much information in life or in books. She loves data, deep dives, and distinctive voices. Her aim in life is to be scary but kind like her grandmother. Sun is a mentor with Representation Matters and lives in Brooklyn.

Oma Beharry, Editorial Assistant, They/Them

Oma is a former intern of One World’s and an inaugural graduate of the Bard Microcollege at Brooklyn Public Library. Following a lifelong love of literature (shoutout to their teachers in Bronx public schools!) and an unlikely series of events, they jumped at the opportunity to enter publishing. Previously, they worked in fields ranging from food service to mentoring NYC teen girls. Their hobbies include adding to their ever-growing to-read list, trying to break their personal record at mini-crosswords, and folding paper cranes out of overlooked scrap. A compulsive notetaker, they are never anywhere without paper and pen. They are proud to be from the Bronx, and still reside there today.