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

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.

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