With 18 branches across the city and approximately 2.5 million visitors annually, the Memphis Public Library makes a huge impact on our community. The library serves everyone, from babies to seniors, and all services are free of charge. In a city with such stark economic disparity, the library levels the playing field. Many people with no access to broadband internet rely on the library for their communication needs.
It is my honor to have served as Executive Director for the Memphis Library Foundation since 2011. I am the first employee of the Foundation since its inception in 1994 and I am deeply grateful to the many long time supporters of the Library as well as to our new donors.
The Memphis Public Library is one of the best in the country, having received numerous national awards. Contrary to popular belief, more people than ever are utilizing the vast resources of our library. A recent study noted that nearly 3 million people annually visit our eighteen branches across the city. That's more than attend all Grizzlies, Redbirds, U of M football and basketball games, the Southern Heritage Classic, the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, Graceland and the Zoo combined,
Libraries today are more than books. They are places for workforce development, social services, literacy, lifelong learning, access to technology, early childhood development and much more. It is only through the private support of generous donors that the Memphis Public Library can continue to evolve, grow, and thrive to keep pace with the changing needs of our community.
Thank you for supporting the Memphis Library Foundation.
The Memphis Public Library & Information Center serves Memphis, Bartlett and unincorporated Shelby County, Tennessee. The land area is 1,078 square miles with a population of approximately one million residents. Within the boundaries of Shelby County are the municipalities of Bartlett, Collierville and Germantown. Twenty-two percent of the adult population in these areas is classified as having “Below basic” literacy skills, which equates to problems following written directions, reading prescription instructions and performing simple mathematics.
694 Anderson St.
Memphis, TN 38104
September 2011 to present
- Established office, personnel, policies and procedures
- Oversee investments and expenditures
- Launched website, social media communication, and online giving
- Coordinated MLF’s most successful annual campaign
- Secured $400,000+ in grant funds first year
- Led $2 million fundraising campaign for Teen Learning Lab
- Created multiple new community partnerships
- Funded multiple new programs
- Board development including establishing board orientation and planning sessions
- Cultivate relationships with Library staff, Friends and donors
June 2007 to September 2011
- Responsible for achieving revenue goals of more than $2 million annually through sponsorships, grants, membership, and special events
- Directed and coordinated board and executive-level solicitation efforts
- Managed development staff and interns
- Developed and implemented on-line donation vehicles
- Secured more than $150,000 in new revenue sources during first year in role
- Increased scope, revenue and national prominence of Memphis Wine + Food Series
- Initiated year-end giving program
- Member of executive management team
- Helped successfully lead museum through director transition
January 2004 – June 2007
- Created and organized ongoing public programs at the museum, including several sold
out performances and events
- Established successful Film Series program at the Brooks featuring first run films from
- Garnered national publicity for the museum on several exhibitions and programs
- Established customer service training program for all museum personnel
June 1991 – June 1998, Gastrointestinal Specialists, Inc.
- Established new medical office practice including hiring and training staff, creating policies and procedures for patient care, billing and insurance, and standards compliance
- Oversaw the establishment of an endoscopic surgical center in 1996
- Successfully guided surgery center through Joint Commission on Healthcare
Accreditation, earning “Accreditation with Commendation” status
2004, University of Memphis, Master of Arts, Art History
▪ Received Outstanding Thesis award
1984, Ohio State University, Bachelor of Arts, Communications
▪ Leadership Memphis, Executive Class 2008
▪ Board Member, Temple Israel Museum, 2006 to 2015
▪ Chair, Exhibitions Committee, Temple Israel Museum, 2007 to 2011
▪ Member, Association of Fundraising Professionals, 2007 to 2009
▪ Board Member, Art Museum at University of Memphis, 1998 - 2004
▪ President, Friends of AMUM, 2002 - 2004
▪ Board Member, Arts in the Park, 2000 - 2003
▪ Co-chair, Art to Dine For, 2002, fundraiser for Arts in the Park
▪ Co-chair, Rock ‘n Soulabration, 2003, inaugural fundraiser for Rock ‘n Soul Museum
CLOUD901 is a state-of-the-art learning lab, free for teens, ages 13-18. CLOUD901 is a safe space that includes video and audio production labs, editing and mixing stations, formal and informal learning areas, digital and analog displays, a performance area, a Maker Space, and brainstorming, homework, and collaboration zones. Teens can make and edit video and audio, use hi-tech equipment such as 3D printers, perform and create art, practice entrepreneurial skills, brainstorm and collaborate on ideas, and much more! Teens may use self-guided learning or learn through expert-led workshops, and with other teens, mentors and volunteers.
Explore Memphis is an extension of the Library’s successful Summer Reading Club program and is designed to encourage and provide informal learning experiences during the summer to prevent “the summer slump” for children and to engage adults. This program is one of the Library’s most direct contributions to education. Throughout the summer, participants register at any one of the Library’s 18 branch locations and then track their “learning” progress to earn incentives in the form of books, tickets, gift cards, coupons and vouchers.
Early and Family Literacy Programs are offered throughout MPLIC’s 18 branch locations and are designed to engage young learners and to encourage families to start early to prepare children for success as readers. These initiatives include: Babies and Books, Toddler Storytime, Pre-school Storytime, Family Tunes and Tales, Read with Me, Sign with Me, Spanish Storytime, International Storytime, Story and Craft Time, Real Men Read, Paws for Reading, Children and the Public Library and Early Smart Learning.
Strategy: The LINC 2-1-1 staff answers nearly 70,000 phone calls annually, providing callers with access to vital community information and making critical social service referrals.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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