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

Terrilyn Chun, Deputy Director

Don Allgeier, Operations Director 

Aaron Bluitt, Neighborhood Libraries Director

Shawn Cunningham, Communications and Strategic Initiatives Director

Sonja Ervin, Equity and Inclusion Manager

Cindy Gibbon, Special Projects Director

Jeremy Graybill, Marketing + Online Engagement Director

Javier Gutierrez, Collections and Technical Services Director

Rita Jimenez, Neighborhood Libraries Director

Shelly Kent, Human Resources Manager

Katie O'Dell, Programming & Outreach Director

Dave Ratliff, Neighborhood Libraries Director

Jon Worona, Content Strategy Director

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

Elizabeth Hawthorne, Chair

Jack MacNichol, Vice-Chair

Marc Alifanz

Chester Ching

Erin Cooper

Thomas Dwyer

Rob Edmiston

Alisa Folen

Amaya Gustave

Lois Leveen

Lizzie Martinez

P.K. Runkles Pearson

Mardy Stevens

Cynthia Tseng

Clare Wilkinson

Brian Wilson

Elliot Zais