Since Portfolio was founded by Adrian Zackheim in 2001, it has emerged as a major force in nonfiction publishing for ambitious people. We connect readers with powerful ideas that inform and improve their lives, within the workplace and beyond. Portfolio authors are innovators, entrepreneurs, and experts who aren’t afraid to take risks and change the world, and who reflect the diversity of voices, identities, experiences, and goals we see in our community of readers. We strive to produce original books in fields such as technology, economics, entrepreneurship, biography, and investigative journalism, with a focus on educating and inspiring a new generation of innovative leaders.
Some of Portfolio’s bestsellers include by Simon Sinek, by Sophia Amoruso, by Ryan Holiday, by General Stanley McChrystal, by Seth Godin, by Ryder Carroll, by Emily Chang, and by Scott Galloway.
Founder, President, and Publisher
Adrian Zackheim joined Penguin Group in September 2001 as Founder and Publisher of Portfolio. He then took on the additional challenge of starting Sentinel in April 2003. In 2018, he announced the addition of another new imprint to the group: The Optimism Press, in collaboration with Simon Sinek.
Previously, he was the Associate Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of HarperInformation, a division of HarperCollins that included HarperBusiness. His editorial career has also included positions at William Morrow, Doubleday, and St. Martin’s Press, and his first job was as School and Library Publicity Assistant at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, which was then a privately held small publishing company. He later moved to Putnam’s Editorial department under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief Phyllis Grann.
Among the many bestselling books he edited and published before joining Penguin Group were Good to Great by Jim Collins; Die Broke by Stephen Pollan and Mark Levine; The Dilbert Principle by Scott Adams; The HP Way by David Packard; and Swim with the Sharks without being Eaten Alive by Harvey Mackay.
Tara Gilbride has over 20 years of experience promoting non-fiction authors and their books. As VP, Publicity Director, Associate Director of Marketing, she is in charge of helping authors find the largest readership possible through customized media and event outreach, creative online marketing campaigns and by generating innovative promotions that ignite preorder campaigns and reinvigorate backlist. Recent campaigns she has worked on include the bestsellers MEASURE WHAT MATTERS by John Doerr, TOGETHER IS BETTER by Simon Sinek, and OUT OF THE MAZE by Spencer Johnson. Before joining Portfolio she spent over a decade at the Crown Publishing Group, where she oversaw marketing and publicity for Crown Business in addition to working with authors across categories, including bestselling authors T. Boone Pickens, AG Lafley, Meg Whitman, Eric Ries, Chip and Dan Heath, Reid Hoffman, Deepak Chopra, Steve Forbes, Cesar Milan, and David Sanger, and has coordinated marketing and media strategies with such organizations as P&G, LinkedIn, McKinsey, IDEO, Wharton, WIRED, Wall Street Journal and Forbes Magazine. She lives in CT with her husband and two children.
Niki Papadopoulos joined Portfolio in 2011 as a Senior Editor, and is a passionate advocate for business as a tool for empowerment, innovation, and social good. In addition to overseeing general acquisition strategy for the Portfolio imprint, she acquires and edits a wide range of commercial nonfiction for ambitious people, from idea-driven business books to narrative, biography, memoir, investigative journalism, and self-help. In the last decade she has published twelve New York Times bestsellers and seventeen Wall Street Journal bestsellers, including This Is Marketing by Seth Godin; The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday; The Four by Scott Galloway; Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards; Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke; The Death of Money by James Rickards; Hooked by Nir Eyal; and American Kingpin by Nick Bilton.She tweets about grammar, dogs, and what happens to authors who don’t turn their manuscripts in on time at .
Bria Sandford joined Portfolio in 2012. She enjoys editing leadership narratives, economic policy, geopolitics, history, and prescriptive career guides. Her bestselling authors include retired four-star General Stanley McChrystal, political scientist Ian Bremmer, and career advice guru Jon Acuff. She tweets at @blsandford.
Trish Daly joined Portfolio in 2019 as a Senior Editor. Previously she held positions at the Little, Brown imprint of Hachette Book Group, working with the world’s bestselling author James Patterson; and the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins where she acquired Margot Lee Shetterly’s #1 bestseller HIDDEN FIGURES, later adapted for an Oscar-nominated film. Forthcoming titles include a true-crime narrative exposing college admissions fraud from Wall Street Journal investigative reporters Melissa Korn and Jen Levitz; and Dr. Gero Leson’s LET IT GROW, a travelogue account of his work advancing the environmental and social mission of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps. Trish is most interested in narrative and idea-driven nonfiction from experts and storytellers, including journalism, history, economics, sociology, environmental issues, technology, and current affairs, and as a recreational distance runner, she’s also drawn to books about sports and fitness, adventure, and food. She retweets smart and funny authors at @trish_daly.
Noah joined Portfolio in 2019. He brings more than ten years of experience as an acquisition editor for McGraw-Hill, Cambridge University Press, and Fairchild Books. His areas of focus include business, investing, entrepreneurship and economics. He’s especially interested in books that shine a light on critical but overlooked issues.
Leah Trouwborst joined Portfolio in 2015. She has edited Marie Forleo’s #1 New York Times bestseller and Ryder Carroll’s New York Times bestseller , as well as five Wall Street Journal bestsellers. She’s drawn to authors who are obsessed with solving a problem or telling an underreported story, and is looking for books poised to light a match in the worlds of business, behavioral science, investigative journalism, economics, technology, self-help, and memoir.
Merry Sun joined Portfolio as an editorial assistant in 2015 and is now an associate editor. She particularly enjoys editing idea-driven books about counterintuitive concepts in economics, finance, behavioral science, and technology. Her favorite authors have provocative ideas about the way the world works, and a burning passion to spread those ideas to ambitious readers. Her authors include Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang, founder of Serious Eats Ed Levine, Columbia Business School professor Michael Morris, Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman, New York magazine writer Melissa Dahl, and CNET cofounder and former ambassador to the UK Matthew Barzun. She has a soft spot for books about food and the food industry and very strong opinions about where to go for lunch.
Helen Healey joined Portfolio in 2017. She aims to identify independent-minded thinkers and storytellers who challenge conventional wisdom and mainstream opinion, whether in their field of expertise or in the political arena—especially on subjects like racial justice and economic justice, and in categories like leadership, personal finance, and time management. Her growing list of authors includes public intellectuals like Bret Weinstein, Heather Heying, and Coleman Hughes, as well as budgeting guru Kumiko Love and psychology expert Benjamin Hardy, whose books will appear in 2021 and 2022.