Erroll McDonald

Erroll McDonald is the Vice President and Executive Editor in the Knopf Doubleday division of Penguin Random House, where he has worked in various editorial capacities for more than three decades. Among the distinguished authors he has published are Jack Henry Abbott, James Baldwin, Count Basie, Italo Calvino, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Kazuo Ishiguro, Fran Lebowitz, Toni Morrison, Salman Rushdie, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Wole Soyinka. Of Caribbean heritage, McDonald was born in Limon, Costa Rica. After attending the Bronx High School of Science—where he received the school’s first Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Scholarship and Citizenship—he graduated from Yale College summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He was for two years a Fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature of the Yale Graduate School. He holds an Executive Master of Business Administration from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. He is a former trustee of the Brearley School and member of the Century Association. He has been a Lecturer in Yale College and an adjunct professor at Columbia. McDonald joined the PEN America Board in 2012.