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 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.

Library Advisory Board meetings

Board members

Erin Cooper, Chair
Marine Biologist, Fish Passage Center

John Potter, Vice Chair
Senior Policy Advisor, Oregon Department of State Lands

Sarah Alibabaie
Manufacturing Operator, ON Semiconductor

Marc Alifanz
Attorney, Knowledge Universe

Rob Edmiston
Portfolio Manager, US Bank

Elizabeth Hawthorne
Retired University Faculty/Administrator

Lois Leveen

Ya-Li Lizik
Student, Portland Public Schools

Jack MacNichol
Grants Associate, Regional Arts & Culture Council

Mardy Stevens
Retired Educator

Danika Stochosky
Business & Personal Banker, Chase Bank

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

Carlene Weldon
Retired Management Coordinator, City of Gresham

Sola Whitehead
Medical Librarian, VA Portland Health Care System

Brian Wilson
Real Estate Development

Elliot Zais
Retired Engineer