Roulette Announces New Managing Director

Roulette is pleased to announce the appointment of Jamie Burns as Managing Director.

Jamie previously oversaw Roulette’s Access Program as the Director of Special Events and Community Programming. Immediately prior to stepping into the role of Managing Director at Roulette, she served as the Membership Engagement Manager at PEN America, a human rights and literary organization that advocates for free speech and celebrates literature around the world. At PEN, she oversaw initiatives and programming aimed at growing and diversifying PEN America’s membership of 4,500 writers and artists. Jamie comes to Roulette with a background in publishing, having served as a Commissioning Editor, Managing Editor, and Director of Publishing at Common Ground Publishing, a scholarly publisher and conference organizer focused on the arts, humanities, and social science. At Common Ground, she expanded the organization’s journal offerings from 24 to 89 journals and helped organize book launches, receptions, and more than 20 international conferences in nine countries. Before earning her master’s degree in Comparative and World Literature, she worked in non-profit development and volunteer coordination at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute in Los Angeles and Interfaith House, an organization that provides healthcare and housing for the homeless in Chicago. Jamie speaks Spanish and Portuguese and has lived and undertaken research in Spain, Ecuador, and Brazil as both a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow. A member of the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Bookend Events Committee and the Lit Crawl NYC Advisory Council, Jamie also co-chairs the Events and Communications Committee for the Brooklyn Eagles, the Brooklyn Public Library’s young professionals board. Jamie is a 2015-16 Emerging Leaders of New York Arts Fellow.