President and Leadership
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.
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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.
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Iris Weinshall is the Library's Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the Library’s expense and capital budgets, its $1 billion endowment, and all construction projects across the system’s three boroughs. Additionally, she has oversight over the institution's operational departments, including Finance and Investment, Human Resources, Capital Planning and Construction, Facilities Operations, BookOps and Government Relations.
Prior to this role, Weinshall served as the vice chancellor of Facilities Planning, Management, and Construction for the City University of New York, where she was responsible for overseeing the University’s multi-year capital construction program across 24 campuses in the five boroughs. She served as Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Transportation from 2000 to 2007, and was responsible for all daily operations, including the agency’s expense and capital budgets, both totaling well over $100 million. Weinshall also served as First Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and Deputy Commissioner of Management and Budget for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.
She graduated Cum Laude from Brooklyn College and has a Master’s Degree in public administration from New York University.
Chief External Relations Officer
Carrie Welch was appointed the Library's Chief External Relations Officer in September 2014, overseeing the Development, Communications and Marketing, and Public Programs groups
Welch came to the Library from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where in over six years as Senior Vice President for External Relations, she transformed IRC’s funding model, increasing annual revenue by about 200 percent. She also vastly grew the audience for IRC’s work and built a leading and innovative digital presence.
Prior to her time at IRC, Welch served as the first Executive Vice President of Global Communications at Lowe and Partners, in charge of internal and external relations. She was also Vice President for Communications at Time Inc. where she helped launch CNNMoney.com and several branded conferences, including co-chairing FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Summit.
Welch holds a BFA from NYU.
Vice President for Development
Ryan Cairns was appointed Vice President for Development in September 2014 after serving as Senior Director of Individual Giving and Major Gifts. Cairns oversees the Library's private fundraising efforts in the areas of Foundations, Corporations, Special Events, Planned Giving, Membership and Individual Giving.
Cairns joined the Library in April of 2009 as Director of Individual Giving. Prior to the Library, Ryan spent nearly six years at the American Red Cross with leadership positions at both the Greater New York and Greater Palm Beach Area Chapters. In 2006, he was given the Tiffany Award, as the Chapter’s Management Employee of the Year. Ryan is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, where he began his development career over 12 years ago in the Development and Alumni Relations Office.
Acting Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries
Kristin McDonough is the Acting Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries. In this role, she is responsible for four world-renowned research libraries and their many activities, including collection development, preservation, reference and research services, fellowships, programs, and exhibitions.
Kristin is also the Director of The New York Public Library’s Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL), which serves New York’s job-seekers, immigrant communities, and small business owners. SIBL provides innovative services, programs, and resources through entrepreneurial support, career coaching, and financial education.
Before opening SIBL in 1996, McDonough served another great New York institution, the City University of New York (CUNY) for 25 years in diverse roles including Assistant Dean of the School of Education and Educational Services and Chief Librarian at the award-winning Newman Library at CUNY’s business school, Baruch College. As president of the Financial Women’s Association (FWA), Kristin spearheaded a Forge Your Future initiative with enhanced programming and resources for members in transition. Her volunteer service includes a stint on the STM advisory board of John Wiley Publishers and on the leadership team of Butterflies, USA, which raises funds to support street and working children in India.
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.
Vice President of Public Service
Christopher Platt is the Library's Vice President of Public Service, overseeing the activities and services offered at all of the system's 88 neighborhood branches. Platt is also responsible for the Library's volunteers, online reference services, and information delivery services. In May of 2014, Platt helped launch NYPL’s new Customer Service Experience and Reader Services department, intended to enhance and coordinate recommendations, readers advisory and an improved customer experience across the system. Prior to this, Christopher led NYPL’s BookOps division, a unique collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library that oversees the acquisition and distribution of circulating materials for both systems. Christopher began working at NYPL in the mid-1990s before leaving in 1999 to join book supplier Baker & Taylor, helping libraries big and small across the U.S. manage collection development. In 2005, he took a position overseeing collection development at Queens Library, then returned to NYPL in 2007, where he directed Acquisitions and Collections & Circulation Operations before assuming his current role.
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.
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.
Vice President of Communications & 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 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.
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.