Wendy Harrison Hashmall is a lawyer, writer, and an editor. She worked most of her career at Random House, where she was Vice President and Associate Publishing Director of the Children’s Publishing Group and Director of Business Affairs. At Random House, Ms. Hashmall served as a deal maker, troubleshooter, and problem solver, and hired, trained, and managed the subsidiary rights team and its budget which brought in over a third of the division’s profit each year. She was instrumental in acquiring licensing and literary properties including Dr. Seuss, Arthur, Care Bears, Thomas the Tank Engine, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sesame Street, Jim Henson’s Muppets, Star Wars, Berenstain Bears, Louis Sachar, Richard Scarry, Babar, and others. She also was an active member of the Group Publishing Board and Steering Committees which “brainstormed” with the President and CEO of Random House about what properties could be published successfully and how to create new business opportunities. Ms. Hashmall has vast experience editing everything from essays to screenplays.
Ms. Hashmall has also been an active volunteer her entire adult life. Her volunteer experience includes many years of service on the board of Pentacle, a non-profit company that serves contemporary dance and performing artists, Musical Theater Works, a non-profit company that fostered the creation of new musicals, the board of the Ethical-Fieldston Fund of the Ethical Culture Fieldston Schools for which her duties were primarily fund-raising , co-chair of her law school class 2017 Reunion Committee at New York University School of Law, the By-Laws Committee of the Children’s Book Council, the Copyright Committee of the City Bar of New York, and as a Trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA. She has also served as both president and secretary of the board of her building where she created and co-published a building newsletter and was actively involved with renovations of their rooftop swimming pool, a rooftop fitness center, and the lobby, as well as selection of the building’s artwork.
Ms. Hashmall holds both a J.D. and LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University School of Law and graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. cum laude in American Studies. She is married to David Hashmall, who is finishing the last year of his five-year term as Chairman of the International Law Firm Goodwin which is providing pro-bono Labor Law counsel to The Flea. They have a married daughter and one grandchild. Ms. Hashmall wrote a screenplay which enjoyed two readings at her favorite theater in New York, The Flea. She has just finished writing her first full length play.