A five-member board of trustees governs The Seattle Public Library. Executive Director and Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner oversees the organization.
Executive Director and Chief Librarian
Marcellus Turner oversees The Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 new or renovated branches. The Library operates on a $74.9 million budget and has nearly 700 staff members. In August 2012, Seattle voters approved a seven-year, $123 million levy to support Library operations and building maintenance. In 2016, the busy system logged nearly 11.5 million in-person and online visits and circulated more than 11.7 million books and materials.
Turner serves on the University of Washington Information School's MLIS Advisory Board and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville College of Communication and Information's Board of Visitors.
Turner is the former executive director of Jefferson County Public Library in Lakewood, Colo. Prior to joining Jefferson County Public Library in 2002, Turner was assistant executive director of the Rockford Public Library in Rockford, Ill. He has also worked at Tacoma Public Library in Tacoma, Wash., and Atlantic City Free Public Library in Atlantic City, N.J. In addition, he held several positions with academic libraries in Tennessee and Louisiana.
Turner holds a master's degree in library science from the University of Tennessee.
Library Board of Trustees
A five-member board of trustees governs your Library. All trustees are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the Seattle City Council. Board members serve five-year terms without pay. The board meets monthly to discuss issues and make decisions related to our services and operations.
Jay Reich, president
Jay Reich was appointed to the Library Board by Mayor Ed Murray in September 2016. He joined Pacifica Law Group in 2011 after serving two years as deputy chief of staff to former U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in Washington, D.C. He has practiced law for more than 40 years and his areas of focus have included affordable housing, education, nonprofit work, government finance and public/private partnerships. Reich also served as a White House Fellow in Washington, D.C., in the office of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He also served in the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office as a deputy prosecuting attorney and assistant chief criminal deputy in charge of the juvenile section. He has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law and has published and spoken extensively on issues in public finance. Reich is a trustee on the Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges. He is a past member of the Washington State Achievement Council and the board of trustees of Central Washington University. He has a bachelor's degree from Amherst College and a law degree from Harvard Law School.
Ron Chew, vice president
Ron Chew was appointed to the Library Board by Mayor Ed Murray in September 2016. Since 2010, he has served as executive director of the International Community Health Services Foundation where he raises funds to support a network of community health clinics serving Asian-American/Pacific Islander immigrants and refugees, as well as other underserved populations. Chew is also principal of Chew Communications, a Seattle-based consulting firm documenting local community history. Previously, he served as executive director of the Wing Luke Museum where he spearheaded a $23 million capital campaign to build the new museum. Chew also worked for over 13 years as editor of the International Examiner, a newspaper in Seattle's Chinatown-International District. Chew is a lifelong Seattle resident. He graduated from Franklin High School and attended the University of Washington, where he majored in journalism. In 2001, Chew was appointed to the National Council on the Humanities by President Bill Clinton. He has also been a recipient of the Ford Foundation's "Leadership for a Changing World" award and a "Centennial Honor Roll" honoree from the Association of American Museums. Chew served on The Seattle Public Library Foundation board of directors during the successful 1998 "Libraries for All" capital campaign.
Vaughnetta J. Barton
Vaughnetta J. Barton was appointed to the Library Board by Mayor Ed Murray in January 2017. Providing educational opportunities for graduate students focused on social work administration, capacity-building, and leadership, Barton is managing the University of Washington School of Social Work's (UWSSW) collective impact project, Communities in Action. Previously, Barton was the executive director of the Foundation for Early Learning and has held senior leadership positions in the credit union, mentoring, philanthropic and welfare-to-work sectors. Barton currently serves on the UWSSW's Field Education Advisory Committee and is a member of several social justice organizations. Barton is a former German Marshall Fund Fellow and an alumna of Leadership Tomorrow. Barton earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Washington with a concentration in Administration, focusing on children, youth, and families. Barton graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.
Kristi England was appointed to the Library Board by former Mayor Mike McGinn in September 2012 and reappointed by Mayor Ed Murray in June 2017. She is a senior vice president for Allison+Partners. England has 18 years of experience as a public affairs, community relations and strategic communications consultant. She served as the campaign manager for the 1998 "Libraries for All" campaign, which rebuilt and renewed Seattle facilities. England has also been a consultant to the King County Library System and Sno-Isle Regional Library System. In 2005, England helped former Mayor Greg Nickels and the city of Seattle launch Seattle Climate Action Now, an initiative that asks city residents to take small steps toward stopping climate change. She specializes in community outreach, grassroots advocacy, coalition building and strategic communications and is an expert at working with diverse communities. She currently serves on the boards of Water 1st International and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle. She is a past board member of Seattle Works.
Theresa Fujiwara was appointed to the Library Board by former Mayor Mike McGinn in December 2010 and reappointed by Mayor Ed Murray in June 2015. She currently serves as the associate vice president for Community Services at the United Way of King County. She is responsible, with staff and volunteers, for managing the planning and allocations process for United Way investments to over 200 health and human service nonprofit agencies in King County. As the former site director for the Making Connections Initiative, Fujiwara was responsible for the design, leadership, and oversight of the Annie E. Casey Foundation's 10-year community change initiative aimed at improving outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Fujiwara also served as special assistant for Health and Human Services for former Mayor Paul Schell and regional government relations coordinator for former Mayor Norm Rice, and was the associate and executive director of the Asian Counseling and Referral Service, a nonprofit organization offering an array of social and behavioral health services in a multilingual, multicultural setting. Fujiwara has served on a variety of boards and commissions, including: Nonprofit Assistance Center, United Way of King County, Refugee Women's Alliance, Interim, Japanese American Citizens League, Minority Executive Directors Coalition, Mayor's Housing Levy Oversight Committee, and the Children's Alliance. Fujiwara is a native of Seattle and received her bachelor's degree and master's degree in social work from the University of Washington.
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