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Tony Marx

​President and CEO

Anthony W. Marx was appointed president and CEO of The New York Public Library in 2011, and has worked to expand the Library's essential role as a provider of free educational opportunities for all New Yorkers, focusing on increasing services to students, researchers, and scholars; improving educational programming in NYPL's 87 neighborhood branches; partnering with the city's Department of Education to increase public school access to critical learning materials; and expanding public access to e- books and other digital resources.

As president of Amherst College from 2003 to 2011, President, Marx – a recipient of multiple fellowships and the prize winning author of three books and various scholarly articles – passionately promoted access to higher education for lower-income students. Prior to joining Amherst, he served as professor and director of undergraduate studies of political science at Columbia University, spearheading a number of secondary school initiatives. In the 1980s Marx helped found Khanya College, a South African secondary school that prepared more than 1,000 black students for university.

A native New Yorker who frequented the Inwood Library as a child, Marx is a product of the city's public school system, attending P.S. 98 and the Bronx High School of Science. He then studied at Wesleyan and Yale, graduating magna cum laude from Yale with a BA in 1981. Receiving an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in 1986, Marx went on to earn MA and PhD degrees, also at Princeton, in 1987 and 1990.

Contact information:

Anthony W. Marx, President president@nypl.org
Executive Assistant 212-930-0698

Press Release On The Appointment of Dr. Anthony Marx As NYPL President 

 

Mary Lee Kennedy

Chief Library Officer

Mary Lee Kennedy, a nationally respected leader in the library community, was named The New York Public Library’s Chief Library Officer in 2013. She is tasked with accelerating the Library’s digital initiatives and further strengthening both the research and circulating divisions of the Library.

Prior to her appointment at NYPL, Kennedy was Senior Associate Provost at Harvard University, where she was the central administrative leader of one of the world’s greatest research library networks. In the position, Kennedy led projects and initiatives connected to Harvard priorities, such as open access and scholarly communications, digital scholarship, online learning and collections development and management. Previously, she was Executive Director of Knowledge and Library Services at Harvard Business School, where she was also on the Presidential Task Force to establish a 21st century strategy and structure for Harvard’s 73 libraries. She has ten years of experience in the information technology field, including seven leading Microsoft’s knowledge network group.

She earned her B.A. at the University of Alberta and her M.L.S. at Louisiana State University.

 

Ann Thornton

Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Libraries

Appointed Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Libraries in 2012, Ann Thornton is responsible for collection development, preservation, reference services, fellowship programs, and exhibitions at four world-renowned research libraries.

Thornton has been at NYPL since 1996, when she was hired at the Science, Industry, and Business Library as its first public training coordinator. She subsequently held positions as Assistant Director of Electronic Resources, Associate Director of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, and Director of Reference and Research Services. Most recently she served as Acting Andrew W. Mellon Director of The New York Public Libraries.

 

Anne L. Coriston

Vice President for Public Service

Anne L. Coriston has been the Library's Vice President for Public Service since 2001, responsible for managing the vital services that the NYPL offers the public at its 87 neighborhood branches. These services include public programming for adults, teens, and children; teaching and learning classes for patrons interested in technology, ESOL, and literacy services; and the management of NYPL's dedicated volunteers. In this role, Coriston has developed educational programs and partnerships to better serve NYPL, and has been instrumental in building and enhancing relationships with local communities, elected officials, and donors. An active member in the library industry, Coriston served as Executive Leadership Institute Sponsor with the Urban Libraries Council, where she helped create a training curriculum program for staff development. She was also the Committee Chair of the Public Library Association's Public Libraries Committee and is a member of the American Library Association. Coriston began her tenure at the Library in 1997, first as Vice President of Government and Community Affairs, and then as Deputy Director for Administrative Services. Prior to her time at NYPL, Coriston worked as chief of staff for New York City Council Member Kathryn Freed.

 

Jeff Roth

Vice President for Finance and Strategy

Jeff Roth is the Library’s Vice President for Finance and Strategy. In this capacity, he oversees strategic planning, budgeting, and controller functions. The Library's Strategy Group launched in 2008 and is responsible for leading overall strategic planning efforts, advising senior management on time-sensitive business decisions, and managing large-scale programs and initiatives, including the Library’s website. He reports to the COO/CFO and staffs the Library’s Finance and Audit Committees.

Roth started with NYPL in 2000 as Budget Director, and in 2003 was promoted to Vice President and then to Vice President for Strategic Planning. Major projects include launching NYPL’s groundbreaking partnership with the New York City Department of Education, which brings books and other library materials directly into the city’s public schools, giving students and teachers the tools they need to succeed.

 

George D. Mihaltses

Vice President for Government and Community Affairs

Appointed the Library's Vice President for Government and Community Affairs in 2009, George D. Mihaltses acts as the Library's liaison with elected officials and their staffs at the Federal, State, and City levels. His responsibilities include planning, developing, and implementing strategies for sustaining and increasing government support of the Library and its programs.

Mihaltses previously served as Chief of Staff to New York City Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Chairman of the Council's Public Safety Committee. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the office's daily operations, including legislation, budget, communications, and constituent services. Additionally, he was responsible for handling the office's land use and zoning matters and assisted in the preparation of Public Safety Committee hearings. He served on Community Planning Board 11 in northeast Queens, as a member of the Zoning Committee and as Chairman of the Parks Committee. A former Board President of the 218-10/12 43rd Ave. Owners Corp., he currently serves as a Board member of the Astoria Performing Arts Center.

 

Michele Coleman Mayes

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Michele Coleman Mayes, was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at The New York Public Library in 2012. She serves as chief legal officer and is responsible for guiding NYPL's legal strategy to enable the Library to achieve its mission.

Before joining The New York Public Library, Mayes was Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Allstate Corporation. Having previously served as General Counsel for Pitney Bowes, Inc., she has also held leadership positions at Colgate-Palmolive Company and the Unisys Corporation. From 1976 to 1982, Mayes served at the U.S. Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in both Detroit and Brooklyn, rising to Chief of the Civil Division in Detroit.

Widely recognized as a leader in legal and philanthropic circles, Mayes has been the recipient of numerous professional honors, including the American Bar Association's Margaret Brent Award and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association Trailblazer Award. She was named to the Ethisphere® Institute's "Attorneys Who Matter" list of general counsels in 2011, two years after making the National Law Journal's list of "Most Influential General Counsels." The American Lawyer honored her with a Lifetime Achievement award in October 2012.

In 2011 she co-authored Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500, which chronicles the rise of women to the role of general counsel.

 

Louise Shea

Vice President of Human Resources

Louise Shea was appointed Vice President of Human Resources at The New York Public Library in 2008, and in a relatively short time has redesigned the Library's HR services to support the strategic direction of the institution and its mission for the future. She has created centers of expertise devoted to staff and their professional development, and has positioned the Human Resources department as a strategic partner to the unique and varied consituencies within The New York Public Library.

Prior to joining NYPL, Shea was Vice President of Human Resources at the International Rescue Committee, a humanitarian organization, where she built a department serving a global workforce of 10,000 employees, developing areas in recruitment, employee relations, and compensation and benefits, as well as in learning and development. As Acting Vice President of Human Resources at CARE, the international humanitarian organization, Shea managed the relocation of the non-profit organization from New York City to Atlanta, while developing a strategic structure to support the organization's new initiatives. Shea has also held management positions at Hipp Waters, the American Institute for Foreign Study, and Save the Children.

 

Ken Weine

Vice President of Comunications & Marketing

Ken Weine was named Vice President of Communications & Marketing at The New York Public Library in 2013. He leads a department that is responsible for informing and educating the public about the Library’s programs, services, plans, and initiatives. Weine manages the development and execution of the Library’s communications and marketing strategies, and specifically directs the NYPL's media relations, social media, multimedia, and publications and graphics teams.

Before joining the New York Public Library, Weine was Vice President of Communications & Branding for Consumer Reports. He started at Consumer Reports in 2006 and was responsible designing and implementing communications strategy for the organization's magazines and Web sites, and for the advocacy campaigns of Consumers Union. He also led a branding initiative for the 77-year-old organization.

Prior to Consumer Reports, Weine was Communications Director at Newsweek, and before that a Staff Attorney and Communications Director at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law School.

 

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