The Multnomah County Library District Board, elected by county voters, governs the library. In turn, the commissioners appoint citizens to the Library Advisory Board, which oversees library operations. The Library Advisory Board meets the second Tuesday of each month at Central Library.

Multnomah County Library District Board

Deborah Kafoury, Chair

Jules Bailey, District 1

Loretta Smith, District 2

Judy Shiprack, District 3

Diane McKeel, District 4


Library Executive Management Team

Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries

Becky Cobb, Deputy Director

Shawn Cunningham, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives 

Dave Ratliff, Central Library Director

Terrilyn Chun, Programming and Community Outreach Manager

Katie O'Dell, Youth Services Director

Javier Gutierrez, Director of Collections and Technical Services

Cindy Gibbon, Access and Information Services Director

Jeremy Graybill, Marketing and Online Engagement Director

Rita Jimenez, Neighborhood Libraries Director

Shelly Kent, Human Resources Manager


Library Advisory Board

The LAB is currently seeking applicants interested in serving on the 17-member board, with terms beginning July 1, 2015. (Terms are for four years.) Interested community members may apply online. The deadline for receipt of applications is April 30, 2015.

Library Advisory Board meetings

Board members

Sola Whitehead, Chair
Medical Librarian, VA Portland Health Care System

Danika Stochosky, Vice Chair
Business & Personal Banker, Chase Bank

Marc Alifanz
Attorney, Knowledge Universe

Emma Caplan
Student, Private School

Erin Cooper
Marine Biologist, Fish Passage Center

George Feldman
Physician, Kaiser Permanente

Elizabeth Hawthorne
Retired University Faculty/Administrator

Bernadette Janét
Retired Administrative Law Judge

Katie Lane
Attorney, Work Made for Hire Consulting

Ya-Li Lizik
Student, Portland Public Schools

Jack MacNichol
Director of Development & Marketing, PHAME

José Padin
Professor, Portland State University

John Potter
Senior Policy Advisor, Oregon Department of State Lands

Mardy Stevens
Retired Educator

Maegan Vidal
Public Relations Specialist, Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel

Carlene Weldon
Retired Management Coordinator, City of Gresham

Brian Wilson
Real Estate Development