Dave Herzberg

Chief Operating Officer


What is your role and function at WPS?

Chief Operating Officer. I oversee the publishing operation, which includes research and development, professional training, art, editorial, production, procurement, fulfillment, customer service, and facilities. I am also part of the company’s Leadership Team.
My workdays vary quite a bit – some are filled with team meetings on projects and individual meetings with staff members, while on other days I have more time to focus on project work and strategic initiatives for the Leadership Team. I enjoy the variety.

What issues or needs are you an advocate for inside the company?

I work with many different teams to publish the new titles and revisions that drive our revenue, to increase efficiency and reduce costs in our business operations, and to nourish a positive work environment. What inspires me is helping to create an organization that attracts talented people and enables them to thrive.

How long have you been at WPS?

I started at WPS in 2000. Since I joined, the company has evolved dramatically in its focus on culture, core values, and the employee experience.

Where are you from? Where did you grow up?

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but have lived in California since I was 6 years old (except for one year during college when I lived in England). When I was very young, we lived on an army base in Oklahoma, where I remember looking for prairie dogs, throwing rocks at wasp nests, and jumping into the pool at the Officers’ Club.

What is one personal thing about you people probably wouldn’t know?

I love crossword puzzles and have even created one of my own – it’s on display in a frame right outside my office.

What’s a big obstacle you’ve had to overcome in your life or career?

Four knee surgeries, one torn rotator cuff, and more injuries than I can count. Ouch!

What’s your personal connection to the WPS mission?

I'm a research psychologist, so my professional background is directly related to our work at WPS. I have great admiration for the clinicians who work directly with children and families. I feel that promoting our positive culture and core values is a way that I can put my psychological training to good use.

What is your educational background?

I have a PhD in psychology from UCLA, and a BA in philosophy from UC Berkeley.

What’s something you’re currently studying or learning?

I’m learning to program in R, a statistical computing language.

What do you enjoy most about working at WPS?

I enjoy working for a company that feels like a family. I enjoy being a part of our team and our culture. I enjoy contributing to the growth of a thriving organization with a positive, humanistic mission.

What did you do before WPS?

Life prior to WPS was mostly about education, with 5 years of college and 8 years of graduate school and postdoctoral fellowship. In between, I worked as an editor for a computer magazine, and then spent 6 months traveling around the world. My wife Liz and I were married in 1997. We have two children, Jacob (born in 1999) and Anna (born in 2004).

Where can we contact you?

My Email
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