Governance

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

Sharon Meieran, District 1

Loretta Smith, District 2

Jessica Vega Pederson, District 3

Lori Stegmann, District 4

Library Executive Management Team

Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries

Becky Cobb, Deputy Director

Don Allgeier, Operations Director 

Terrilyn Chun, Programming and Community Outreach Manager

Shawn Cunningham, Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives 

Sonja Ervin, Equity and Inclusion Manager

Martha Flotten, Interim Youth Services Director

Cindy Gibbon, Access and Information Services Director

Jeremy Graybill, Marketing + Online Engagement Director

Javier Gutierrez, Director of Collections and Technical Services

Rita Jimenez, Neighborhood Libraries Director

Shelly Kent, Human Resources Manager

Katie O'Dell, Special Projects Director

Dave Ratliff, Central Library Director

Jon Worona, Director of Digital Strategies

Library Advisory Board

The LAB regularly seeks applicants interested in serving on the 17-member board in the spring of each year, with terms beginning July 1. (Terms are for four years.) Interested community members may apply online.

The 17-member Library Board also includes two youth members between the ages of 13-17. Youth interested in joining may apply online.

Library Advisory Board meetings

Board members

Erin Cooper, Chair

Carlene Weldon, Vice-Chair

Marc Alifanz

Thomas Dwyer

Rob Edmiston

Alisa Folen

Elizabeth Hawthorne

Emma Keppler

Lois Leveen

Jack MacNichol

Lizzie Martinez

Mardy Stevens

Danika Stochosky

Cynthia Tseng

Christopher Williams

Brian Wilson

Elliot Zais