Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Prior to that she served as Director of Education at the Tribeca Film Institute, on the development team at Steppenwolf Theatre Company, and as a consultant for the Sundance Institute, San Francisco Film Society, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, and ReelWorks Teen Filmmaking. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Find her on Twitter at @likaluca.
Jim Osgood joined Klean Kanteen in June 2011, bringing with him more than twenty-five years of extensive business strategy, innovation, product development and global operations experience.
From non-profit partnerships to responsible supply chain management to serving communities, Klean delivers healthy, high-quality reusable solutions while constantly seeking ways to use their business as a force for positive change. Under Jim’s leadership, Klean became a certified B Corp—by meeting rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, tripled sales and grew profits, all through self-funding. This demonstrates Jim’s passion: responsible business is profitable and sustainable.
Matthew Bollerman is the Director of the Hauppauge Public Library. Matt previously was Director at the Westhampton and Brookhaven Free Library. At Westhampton he helped construct a new $7.8 million, 14,250 square foot LEED Gold building that was recognized by Library Journal in their New Landmark Libraries issue. Matt was recognized by the New York Library Association with their 2014 Outstanding Service to Libraries Award. He is passionate about public libraries ability to help regenerate their communities.
Jill Bourne was appointed City Librarian for the San José Public Library (SJPL) in July 2013. Under Bourne’s leadership, SJPL successfully secured long-term stability with the passage of a 25-year funding measure by an overwhelming 81% in the June 2014 election; significantly expanded operating hours, increasing public access to branch libraries from four days to six days per week at all 23 locations; and recently restructured Library fines so that more than 100,000 patrons regained access. A major focus is to secure resources in innovative ways, developing partnerships that result in public-private collaborations, assets that may be leveraged to increase access, and funding for service expansions. She was named a “Mover and Shaker” in 2009 by Library Journal, a “2015 Woman of Influence,” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and is currently a member of the Urban Libraries Council Executive Board.
Dr. Ron Carlee is Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Service, Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University. He recently transitioned to academia after a career as a local government executive. Previous positions include City Manager, Charlotte, North Carolina; County Manager, Arlington Virginia; Chief Operating Officer, ICMA; and Director of Health and Human Services, Arlington. He began his career as assistant to the Mayor in Birmingham, Alabama. Dr. Carlee is a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration.
Dr. Scott Cloutier is an Assistant Professor, Walton Sustainability Fellow and Senior Sustainability Scholar within the ASU Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability. He is focused on charting a new course for sustainability to maximize equitable opportunities for happiness in communities.
James D. Cooper has served as the director of Salt Lake County Library Services since August 2001, following his service on the Salt Lake County Library Board from 1994-2001. Salt Lake County Library Services is the largest library system in Utah and is nationally recognized a leader in library services. As director, Jim has overseen numerous library innovations, including automation processes, technology advancements and building projects; including the 2012 opening of a new West Jordan Library, administrative offices and the Library’s Viridian – a 25,000 square foot event center. During Jim’s tenure, Salt Lake County Library Services has pioneered library services inside jails and health clinics and expanded services for refugees, at-risk youth and special needs populations. Early literacy, lifelong learning, equal access to technology and resources, user experience and a professionally developed team are priorities to Jim and are absolutely essential in environment with diverse community needs.
Theresa Morrison spent 33+ years in professional accounting; the last 25 in the non-profit arena. For 10 years, she tactically guided and grew 6 international GRAMMY organizations and is currently CFO for The Library Foundation of Los Angeles: the fundraising, advocacy, and innovative arm for the LA Public Library and its 73 locations. In April 2015, LAPL received the National Medal for Museum and Library Services. In less than 3 years, Theresa used creative financial strategies and resourceful decision-making to garner LFLA with a 4-star Charity Navigator rating while leading the April 2016 completion of a major modernization of the historic award-winning LAPL Store.
Brian Risse is the Vice President of Public Library Sales at Gale. He began at Gale in 1999, and has held various sales roles in both the K12 and Public arenas. Brian led the successful introduction into libraries of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, and more recently Career Online High School. He believes that Public Libraries ARE the educational hub of their community, and is committed to delivering libraries resources that best support that mission. The last recreational book he read was, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King. He and his team are fully committed to the success of Public Libraries.
Rivkah Sass, director of the Sacramento (CA) Public Library, began her career in libraries in 1978, convinced that there was nothing better in the world than to work in a public library, surrounded by infinite possibilities. Thirty-five years later she still feels that way, having worked as a reference librarian, children’s librarian, branch manager, trainer and consultant, deputy state librarian, mid-level manager and, for the past ten years, library director.
Gary Shaffer is currently the CEO of the 24-location Tulsa City-County Library. On January 1, he will move to the directorship of the new Master of Management in Library and Information Science program at the University of Southern California. In addition to his MLIS, Gary holds a doctorate in Managerial Leadership from Simmons College. His book Creating the Sustainable Public Library: The Triple Bottom Line Approach is due out from ABC-CLIO next year. He is a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and past PLA board director. Prior to working in libraries, he had a career in marketing and advertising.
Rebekkah Smith Aldrich is a frequent national presenter and consultant on the topic of leading libraries forward in smart, practical and effective ways. Rebekkah currently serves as the Coordinator for Library Sustainability at the Mid-Hudson Library System (NY) where her every day work is about helping libraries win at the polls and position themselves as successful libraries for the future. Rebekkah, named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010 is LJ‘s Sustainability columnist, a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and a founding member of both ALA’s Sustainability Round Table and the NYLA Sustainability Initiative.
Patti Southard is the program manager for “GreenTools” green building program in King County, Washington. At King County, Southard runs the Sustainable Cities Program, which focuses on coordinating all of King County’s 39 cities on built environment and climate related policies. In addition, Southard provides technical assistance for the County’s LEED, Living Building Challenge and Built Green initiatives. Southard has led the GreenTools program as a two time Harvard Bright Idea Award winner and recently received Governor Jay Inslee’s Solar Community Award for the Regional Code Collaboration which she co-chairs with the Kathleen Petrie, City of Seattle.
Southard was raised on her family farm and has focused her sustainable development career on the juxtaposition between rural and urban communities and planning. Southard’s personal accolades include the Built Green Pioneer Award, Cascadia Green Building Council Public Sector Leadership Award, Sustainable Cities Inspirational Leadership Award, and the Living Hero Award. She is also a Cascadia Fellow and Honorary AIA.
Patty Wong has served as the County Librarian to Yolo County for more than 9 years and is committed to excellence through her engagement, communication and service to communities, residents and families of all sizes and shapes. Patty has a strong understanding of governance structure, the need for collaboration, as well as commitment to current and future library priorities. She has worked in libraries for more than 20 years and has been an advocate and firm supporter of a variety of library organizations and has recently received the 2015 Chinese American Librarians Association’s Distinguished Service Award and was appointed by the California State Librarian to a CENIC Board member to represent the library community. Patty strongly supports and encourages early literacy and family engagement as well as diversity, innovation, and access to information.