Liza B. Wachter, ’81 English

Job title: 
President, Spiegel and Grau

Liza Wachter is president, partner, and director of film and television for Spiegel and Grau, an independent publishing house launched in 2020. Previously, Ms. Wachter co-founded RWSG, a premier book-to-film agency that specialized in the representation of dramatic rights. The agency was sold to William Morris Endeavor (WME) in 2016. Prior to forming RWSG, Ms. Wachter helped found Village Books, an independent bookstore in Pacific Palisades, California, and before that she worked as an attorney at Shearman & Sterling in New York. Currently, Ms. Wachter serves on the board of The Paris Review and the Human Rights Watch California Committee. Previously, Ms. Wachter served on the board of the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the University of Southern California Law School Board of Councilors,  and as a trustee on the UC Berkeley Foundation Board.  Her husband Paul Wachter was appointed as a UC Regent by Arnold Schwarzenegger and served one term. The Wachters are Builders of Berkeley.