2015 Friends Board and Staff


Rona Zevin

Carmen Bendixen
Vice President

Steve Fawthrop

Lori Cleaves


Board Trustees

Joan Abrevaya
Sue Baird
Susan Forhan
Jessica Frederick
Susan Gilmore
Steve Griggs
Monica Gu
Anne Hurt
Elaine Marklund
Ed J. Marquez
Jill Novik
Nancy Rodriguez
Jane Roll
Eric Sorlien
Maggie Taylor




Library and Friends Key Staff

Marcellus Turner
Chief Executive Officer

Jonna Ward
Executive Director, SPL Foundation

Alice Springer
Book Sale Director

Lisa Lee
FriendShop Manager

Julie Kageler
FriendShop, Friends Bookkeeper

 Committee Overview

Board committee meetings are open to the public. For more information on upcoming meeting locations and times, visit our Calendar. For more information on how to be involved with committee work, visit our Volunteer page.  

Advocacy and Communications – Maggie Taylor, Chair
Meets 6 p.m., 1st Tuesday of each month, WTBBL

  • Educates the public and elected officials on issues of vital concern to the Library
  • Speaks on behalf of the community for adequate funding levels for the Library 
  • Engages in short- and long-term planning, connecting neighborhoods to the Library

  • Develops and executes plans for how the Friends can communicate more consistently and visibly with the numerous and diverse segments of the people of Seattle
  • Coordinates, develops and manages initiatives and outreach events with Seattle branch libraries
  • Engages with print and electronic media to reach the public with Friends messaging

Board Development – Jill Novik, Chair
Meets according to members’ schedules

  • Develops programs and materials to maintain and improve the effectiveness of the Board. Facilitates external professional development
  • Recruits, interviews and nominates new Board candidates
  • Acting point-of-contact for volunteers

Operations – Maggie Taylor, Chair
Meets 4p.m., 3rd Wednesday of each month, WTBBL

  • Oversees the financial activities of the Friends to include two money-raising areas: the Book Sales and the FriendShop
  • Makes recommendations to the Board on how funds raised by the Friends should be expended on behalf of the Library
  • Develops organizational policies and makes recommendations to the Board for resolving issues with operations

Finance – Lori Cleaves, Chair
Meets 6:30.m., 4th Wednesday of each month, Exchange Bldg 8th flr

  • Ensures the financial stability of the Friends of the Seattle Public Library
  • Ensures that the Friends' assets are managed appropriately
  • Ensures that adequate policies, procedures and practices exist and are followed in order to provide effective internal financial control and accountability
  • Assists the Board Director in understanding the financial affairs and fulfilling their fiduciary duties
  • Advises the Board of Directors on best practices rregarding the financial affairs of the Friends

Executive Committee – Rona Zevin, Chair
Meets according to members’ schedules

  • Handles issues that do not clearly fall under the purview of the other committees
  • Considers major policy and operational questions



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