Posted on May 16th, 2016 by admin
We are pleased to announce the selection of Marie Ciepiela as our new Executive Director! The selection was made after a thorough national search and selection process, during which Marie served as Interim Executive Director of Friends.
“A world class library needs a world class organization to support and advocate on its behalf,” reports Luis Herrera, City Librarian. “It requires a strong and visionary leader at the helm and Marie Ciepiela is an ideal choice to lead the Friends. I look forward to a wonderful partnership with Marie to help advance our collective impact in our community.”
During Marie’s four month period as Interim Executive Director at Friends she oversaw the successful revival of the Library Laureates Gala, the most profitable Spring Big Book Sale to date and a reception for James C. Hormel and supporters in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at the Main.
“Friends believes in doing what we can to insure that the San Francisco Public Library system continues to best meet the multi-faceted needs of our community,” reports Mikiko Huang, Immediate Past Chair of the Board and Chair of the Search Committee. “Marie has strong experience with public/private partnership and we look forward to Marie bringing her passion, energy and dedication to Friends, as she leads us in our continuing efforts to support and advocate on behalf of the San Francisco Public Library system.”
Marie’s resume includes over 20 years of nonprofit experience in education, youth, families and expanding access, inclusion, and equity for all people. She has served as executive leader of three nonprofit organizations, including: the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco; the OMIE (Oceanview, Merced, Ingleside, Excelsior) Beacon Center; and, the Youth Service Bureaus, the mental health department of the YMCA of San Francisco.
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