DC Public Library Foundation Names New Executive Director

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DC Public Library Foundation Names New Executive Director

Accomplished Nonprofit and Political Fundraiser to Transform Organization

The DC Public Library Foundation (DCPLF) announces the selection of Linnea Dyer Hegarty as the organization’s next executive director. DCPLF is a nonprofit organization that provides a margin of excellence to the DC Public Library with resources that supplement local government funding.

Hegarty brings to DCPLF more than 10 years of experience in raising funds for nonprofit and political organizations.  Most recently, she was Director of Development for the Alliance for Climate Protection, the organization founded and chaired by former Vice President Al Gore.  There, she oversaw a strategy to raise $25 million to address the global climate crisis.  Hegarty has also held leadership positions with United Way of the National Capital Area, the Center for American Progress and two Presidential campaigns.  She has been a member of DCPLF’s Board of Directors for two years and will be stepping down from the Board to assume this position.

“I am thrilled that Linnea will lead the DCPLF during this critical time of transformation,” said Library Foundation Board President Gregory S. Chernack.  “As a Board Member of the DCPLF, Linnea played an instrumental role in helping the organization clarify its priorities and chart a strategic path to achieve its goals.  The entire board is grateful for her contributions to date and eager to work with her to increase support for the DC Public Library and to continue building a community of D.C. residents committed to the DCPLF’s success.”

In light of D.C. government’s recent announcement of a 40 percent cut to the library’s FY2012 budget for books and other materials, building a more robust fundraising base will be Hegarty’s most urgent priority.  In her new role, she will focus on cultivating new individual, corporate and foundation donors to the DCPLF and will work to find creative new ways to engage D.C. residents in DCPLF’s work to promote and support the DC Public Library.

“Linnea’s leadership will help the Library cultivate potential donors who can help us put more books on shelves and provide more programs to District residents,” said Ginnie Cooper, the District’s chief librarian.  “I have seen Linnea’s commitment to the DC Public Library firsthand and know that she is already a champion for the library’s work.”

“The most exciting thing about the DCPLF is its potential to help transform the DC Public Library system into one of the nation’s best,” said Hegarty.  “I look forward to working in close partnership with stakeholders including the DC Public Library, its Board of Trustees and the Federation of Friends to achieve this common goal.”

Incorporated in 1985, the DCPLF is a private, 501(c)(3) organization committed to providing services, programs, materials and equipment not otherwise available to the DC Public Library.  While recognizing the need for continued and increased government support for the library, DCPLF is a catalyst for attracting individual private, and foundation funds to enhance and augment essential library programs. Moving beyond local taxpayer dollars, the Foundation’s funds build excellence for public libraries in the District of Columbia.  For more information on DCPLF, please visit the foundation's website.