Publisher and Creative Director
Hallie is the founder of Orange Avenue Publishing and Zest Books. After spending most of her teenage years making scrapbooks, collages, murals, and generally a lot of mess with a lot of art supplies, Hallie went on to receive a BA from Clark University and a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Hallie began her career as a graphic designer in Hong Kong and Japan where she worked for several design firms. She then returned to her native New York where she became an art director in the educational publishing group at Scholastic.
After moving to San Francisco in 1996, Hallie worked as an interactive designer for a web based design firm. She eventually decided to go back to her love of books and, in 2000, founded Orange Avenue Publishing. In 2006 Hallie saw the opportunity for creating fun, hip advice books for young adult readers, and founded Zest Books. Hallie lives in San Francisco with her multicolored dog, Baci—a regular contributor to meetings at Zest Books. Even though Hallie owns the company, she still makes time to play around with the office art supplies.