President and Leadership
President & CEO
Anthony W. Marx is President of The New York Public Library, the nation’s largest library system, with 88 neighborhood libraries and four scholarly research centers. Since joining NYPL in 2011, Marx has strengthened the Library’s role as an essential provider of educational resources and opportunities for all ages. Under his leadership, the Library has created new early literacy and after-school programs for children and teens, dramatically increased free English language classes and citizenship support for immigrants, and improved services for scholars and students who rely on the Library’s world-renowned research collections. Under Marx, the Library has also become a national leader on bridging the digital divide through its efforts to increase access to e-books, expand computer classes and coding training, and a groundbreaking program that provides home internet access to families of low-income students. Before joining the Library, Marx served as president of Amherst College from 2003 to 2011, during which time he tripled enrollment for low-income students. Before Amherst, Marx was a political science professor and director of undergraduate studies at Columbia University. Marx has a BA from Yale, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a PhD, also from Princeton.
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Chief Digital Officer
Tony Ageh is The New York Public Library’s Chief Digital Officer, responsible for the institution’s ongoing digital transformation and its visionary work in making its collections and services as accessible as possible.
Ageh comes to the Library from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London where he held a variety of leadership positions since 2002 and managed over 300 staff members. His accomplishments include the development and implementation of the BBC’s internet strategy, which grew its web traffic from 2 million users per day to over 25 million over a five-year period, and the creation and implementation of the BBC iPlayer (an internet streaming catchup television and radio service for people in the United Kingdom), which has delivered over 10 billion programs to the British public and on average receives 10 million requests per day.
Most recently, Ageh acted as controller of the BBC’s Archive Strategy, making their substantial archives of radio, television, images, and documents—and by extension British culture and creativity—increasingly accessible to the public in the UK and beyond.
In 2015, Ageh was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen, for services to digital media.
Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries
William P. Kelly is The New York Public Library’s Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries, responsible for NYPL’s four research centers and their 460 staff members.
His responsibilities include collection strategy, acquisition, and accessibility; researcher engagement; preservation; long-term and short-term fellowships; and taking a lead role in important research initiatives such as the recruitment of new curators, renovations, and preserving and expanding the use of the most democratically accessible of research collections. The Mellon Director is also a national voice on the direction of humanities research in general.
Kelly began his tenure at NYPL in January 2016. Previously, he was interim chancellor of the City University of New York, chairman of the Research Foundation of the City University of New York, and spent eight successful years as the president of the CUNY Graduate Center. Kelly is the current chairman of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His scholarship includes Plotting America’s Past: Fenimore Cooper and the Leatherstocking Tales and (under contract) Astoria: John Jacob Astor, the West, and the World. He has written numerous articles for a variety of journals, newspapers, and magazines.
Michele Coleman Mayes
Vice President, General Counsel & 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 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 Counsel.” 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 Branch Library Officer
Christopher Platt is The New York Public Library’s Chief Branch Library Officer, overseeing the programs and services offered at all of the system’s 88 neighborhood branches, as well as the central customer experience, adult education, and youth education departments.
Prior to this, Platt led BookOps, a unique collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library that oversees the acquisition and distribution of circulating materials for both systems. He began working at NYPL in the mid-1990s before leaving in 1999 to join the major book supplier Baker & Taylor, helping libraries big and small across the U.S. create, curate, and manage library collections. In 2005, he took a position overseeing collection development at Queens Library, and then returned to NYPL in 2007 where he directed acquisitions as well as collections and circulation operations, from which he helped to create BookOps. Christopher holds a BA in French from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MLS from the University of Washington in Seattle.
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Iris Weinshall is The New York Public 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 New York Public 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, Finance & Assistant Treasurer
Michael Dardia was appointed The New York Public Library’s Vice President of Finance and Assistant Treasurer in March 2016, responsible for the institution’s budget and financial planning and analysis.
Prior to his time at the Library, Dardia spent nearly three decades bringing financial acumen to mission-driven organizations, such as the Citizens Budget Commission, the nonprofit SPHERE Institute, and the Public Policy Institute of California. From 2004 to 2014, Dardia worked as a deputy director in the New York City Office of Management and Budget, overseeing both expense and capital budgets for the city’s housing and economic development agencies, as well as task forces responsible for macroeconomic and tax revenue forecasts covering the city’s $70 billion budget.
Dardia graduated from Stony Brook University with an MS in management and policy analysis, and earned a PhD in policy analysis from the RAND Graduate School of Policy Studies. He is a member of the New York City Council Task Force on Economic Development Tax Expenditures, a Senior Fellow at NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service, and has guest lectured at both Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and the MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Vice President, Capital Planning & Construction
Risa Honig was appointed The New York Public Library’s Vice President of Capital Planning and Construction in 2015. A member of the American Institute of Architects with over 30 years of architectural experience, Honig manages a portfolio of over 200 Library design and construction projects with a capital budget of over $500 million. Prior to her appointment at the Library, Honig worked for 10 years at the City University of New York as an assistant director in the Department of Design, Construction, and Management. There, she was responsible for the management of professional staff overseeing the long-term planning, design, and construction of capital projects on multiple CUNY college campuses and CUNY central offices. Before that, she worked in the private and public sector, including 13 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Honig received her BA in architecture and a master's of architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a licensed architect.
Vice President, Government & Community Affairs
Appointed Vice President of Government and Community Affairs in 2009, George D. Mihaltses acts as The New York Public 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, Public Programs
Fay Rosenfeld is The New York Public Library’s Vice President of Public Programs, charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive program designed to enlighten and engage the public in the work and mission of The New York Public Library. This includes strengthening current NYPL programming, collaborating with staff to develop new programs, identifying and engaging new audiences, and more.
Rosenfeld started at the Library in 2016. Prior to her arrival, she worked as senior director of programs and chief operating officer at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, an institution that she helped launch and build into one of the city’s premier spaces for dialogue around history, public policy, and human rights.
Rosenfeld graduated cum laude from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a BA in international relations, and received a JD cum laude from NYU Law School. She is a native of Montreal, Canada.
Vice President, 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 constituencies 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 nonprofit 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, Development
Jadrien Steele was appointed Vice President of Development at The New York Public Library in 2016. In this capacity, he oversees all private fundraising efforts for the Library, including Individual Giving and Major Gifts, Foundations, Corporations, Special Events, and Planned Giving. As a public / private partnership, development plays a critical role in helping support the Library's annual budget of over $330 million.
Steele joined the Library in 2006 as a member of the Individual Giving team and has served in various leadership roles since, including Campaign Gift Officer and Senior Director of Development. Prior to joining the Library, Steele spent six years as a talent agent at ICM Partners.
Steele graduated cum laude from Princeton University and has an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. He is also the author of two novels for young adults.