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Release Date: 03/23/2010

Eighteen people named to The Seattle Public Library's Strategic Planning Advisory Committee

Eighteen diverse Seattle-area leaders and stakeholders have been named to The Seattle Public Library Strategic Plan Advisory Committee.

The advisory committee will act as a sounding board for ideas and strategies developed as the Library engages the public and its staff during the yearlong process to develop a strategic plan to guide its future growth and services through 2015.

"The advisory committee members have expertise in a wide variety of areas," said City Librarian Susan Hildreth. "We so appreciate their commitment to help the Library make sure the services and resources we provide in the future meet the community's needs."

The Library launched its strategic planning effort in early March with five Citywide Conversations designed to encourage people to "think big" about Library services today, what they might be in the future and the role of the Library in the community.

The project, using the theme, "My Library: The Next Generation," is made possible by a grant from The Seattle Public Library Foundation.

The advisory committee members are:


  • Kirk Adams - Kirk Adams is president and chief executive of The Lighthouse for the Blind Inc. in Seattle. He is the Lighthouse's first blind president. Adams is a Phi Beta Kappa Whitman College graduate in economics, and worked as a securities broker before entering the not-for-profit sector. Adams has more than 25 years experience in the not-for-profit sector. He has a master's degree in Not-For-Profit Leadership from Seattle University, received the Certified Fundraising Executive Certificate from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has completed the Business Management Training Program at Darden University in Virginia. Adams serves on the board of trustees for the National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind and board of directors for the Washington Community Alliance for Self Help. He lives in Leschi.

  • Susan G.H. Adkins - Susan G.H. Adkins was a risk management consultant for insurance brokerages and consulting groups in Seattle and San Francisco for 15 years. She holds professional insurance designations of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) and Associate in Risk Management (ARM). Adkins has a master's degree in library and information science from the University of California, Berkeley and a master's degree in education specializing in literacy from the University of Washington. She joined The Seattle Public Library Foundation board in 1998 and recently completed two years as president. Adkins has served on multiple nonprofit boards, including the UW College of Arts and Sciences, UW Department of Biology, ARCS Foundation (president Seattle Chapter), and the Northwest Horticultural Society. Adkins lives in Shoreline.

  • Virginia Anderson - Now a community volunteer, Virginia Anderson most recently served as president of the Safeco Foundation and senior vice president of Safeco Community Relations. She led her team to create the mission and focus areas for the newly established foundation. Prior to that, she served for 18 years as director of Seattle Center, where she led more than $700 million in redevelopment and public programming expansion efforts. Anderson serves on the boards of Cornish College for the Arts, Housing Resources Group, Giant Magnet, WWU Foundation, Successful Schools in Action, Seattle Opera and StanCorp Financial. A Queen Anne resident, Anderson is the proud mother of an eighth-grade student at McClure Middle School.

  • Jessica Dorr - Jessica Dorr is a deputy director with the Global Libraries initiative at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In her current role, she supports public libraries in developing and transitioning countries to better serve their users through access to information resources and the Internet. Prior to that, she was part of a foundation effort to connect all U.S. public libraries to the Internet. A Ballard resident, Dorr, her husband, and their two young children frequently attend Pajama Story Time at the Ballard Branch.

  • Trish Millines Dziko - Trish Millines Dziko is the co-founder and executive director of the Technology Access Foundation (TAF), which prepares underserved children of color for higher education and professional success. Prior to founding TAF, she spent 15 years working as a designer, developer and manager in the high-tech industry. She has served on numerous boards of organizations that focus on children and education, and has received dozens of local and national awards for her work educating children of color. She lives on Vashon Island.

  • Jon P. Fine - Jon P. Fine is director of author and publisher relations for Amazon.com. He joined the company as associate general counsel for media and copyright in January 2006, and subsequently led business development for Brilliance Audio following its acquisition in 2007. Previously, he directed legal affairs for the Alfred A. Knopf division of Random House; served as counsel at NBC, handling content and associated issues for "NBC News," "Dateline NBC," "Saturday Night Live," and other divisions; and was a litigation associate at Debevoise & Plimpton in New York, where he focused on copyright, libel and media-related matters. He lives in Wallingford.

  • Mike Galgon - Mike Galgon co-founded aQuantive in 1997, and served as president, senior vice president of marketing and business development, chief technology officer, and chief strategy officer. In these roles, he helped launch and grow Avenue A|Razorfish, Atlas, and DRIVEpm. Galgon joined Microsoft in 2007 when it acquired aQuantive, and served as corporate vice president and chief advertising strategist for its Advertiser and Publisher Solutions Group until early 2009. Galgon graduated from Duke University in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in economics, and later served in the U.S. Navy and as a VISTA volunteer. He earned his master's degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. Galgon has served as a director for Global Partnerships since 2003. He lives in Madrona with his wife and four daughters.

  • Carver Gayton - Carver Gayton is the founding executive director emeritus of the Northwest African American Museum. Previously, he worked as a human resources consultant, taught at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, served as commissioner of the state Employment Security Department, held several executive level positions at The Boeing Co., and taught at Florida State University in Tallahassee and Garfield High School. He also has served as director of affirmative action and staff training at the UW and as an FBI agent. Carver has served on many national, state and local boards and has received numerous national and local awards. He holds a doctorate in political science, a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in history, all from the UW. A Magnolia resident, Gayton is married with four children.

  • Saadia Hamid - Saadia Hamid is site coordinator of the Parent-Child Home Program at Neighborhood House, and has worked with children in the community in a variety of capacities since 1996. In her current job, she works with children who have limited or no access to books, and witnesses the difference that libraries make in their lives. Her experience partnering with The Seattle Public Library in the "Raising a Reader" program to help the children she works with magnifies the community's need for strong, accessible public libraries. She is a resident of Kent.

  • Jill U. Jackson - Jill U. Jackson is the senior archivist at Vulcan Inc., where she is responsible for managing founder Paul Allen's archival collections. Jackson also provides guidance on collection issues for a number of Vulcan's museum initiatives, including the Flying Heritage Collection and STARTUP. Prior to moving to Seattle in 2001, Jackson served as the archivist at the University of Texas, San Antonio and at the Mexican American Cultural Center. Jackson graduated from Trinity University with a bachelor's degree in political science and urban studies, received a master's degree in women's studies from George Washington University and has a master's degree in library science from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in Columbia City.

  • Joseph Janes - Joseph Janes is associate professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. A frequent speaker in the U.S. and abroad, he is the founding director of the Internet Public Library and the co-author of several books on librarianship, technology, and their relationship. He writes the "Internet Librarian" column for American Libraries magazine, and is a member of the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation. He holds a master's degree in library science and a doctorate from Syracuse University, and has taught at Syracuse University, the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the State University of New York at Albany. He lives in Wedgwood.

  • Ed Lazowska - Ed Lazowska is the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, where he has taught for more than 30 years. In addition to his UW duties, Lazowska is a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Microsoft Research, and is a board member or adviser for a number of high-tech companies, venture funds, and civic organizations. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. Lazowska lives in Ballard.

  • Mike Mathieu - Mike Mathieu is chairman and founder of Front Seat, a civic software company whose projects include Walk Score™, the leading measure of neighborhood walkability. Prior to Front Seat, Mathieu was founder and chief executive of All Star Directories, a publisher of online school directories. Prior to All Star, Mathieu was general manager of MSN.com at Microsoft. He sits on the board of KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio where he co-chairs the strategic planning committee, is a partner and former lead partner in Social Venture Partners, and is past board president of the Technology Access Foundation. He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard University. Mathieu lives in Laurelhurst with his wife and two children.

  • Luis Ortega - Luis Ortega is a social entrepreneur and a senior at the University of Washington, where he is studying political science. He is a Zesbaugh Scholar, a Mary Gates Scholar, and a Munro Fellow. He is the co-founder and co-director of Alianza Student Coalition and chairs the Education for All Committee. He also serves as board member at the Latino Community Fund, the Latino/a Educational Achievement Project and El Taller Mexicano para la Cultura y las Artes. Ortega lives in the University District.

  • Deborah Prince - Deborah Prince is president of the Friends of The Seattle Public Library. She has worked as a public school counselor, a manager at Planned Parenthood, and an undergraduate adviser at the University of Washington. She has served as an officer of regional and national premedical advising organizations and as president of the UW Professional Staff Organization. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Reed College, and master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the UW. She is a docent at the Seattle Art Museum and is involved in short-term volunteer projects with KUOW, Planned Parenthood and the Woodland Park Zoo. She lives in Fremont.

  • Jeff Schoenfeld - Seattle native Jeff Schoenfeld is the founding partner of four start-up companies: Metropolitan Travel (acquired by Expedia); Highwire (acquired by Cendant); Switch (acquired by Vans); MountainZone (acquired by a division of CBS Sports). In 2003 he partnered with Greg Smith to form UrbanVisions, a Seattle-based real estate firm focused on sustainable development. Schoenfeld recently launched TechScout, which is in the early stage of developing technology related to digital media integration. He has a bachelor's degree in business/economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. He lives in Madison Park with his wife and two children.

  • Marilyn Watkins - Marilyn Watkins is policy director at the Economic Opportunity Institute, a nonprofit policy research institute that focuses on rebuilding economic security for working families. Her areas of expertise include work and family balance, the state economy, and state revenue policy. Before joining the institute in 1999, she worked as a historical consultant for Northwest Indian tribes and taught courses in Pacific Northwest and American women's history. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard and a doctorate from the University of Michigan. She lives on Beacon Hill, has two young adult sons, and has lived in Seattle for more than 30 years.

  • Rona Zevin - Rona Zevin retired several years ago after managing the city of Seattle's Web site (seattle.gov) and TV station (Seattle Channel), where she created the Technology Matching Fund and other programs to address the digital divide. She also spent many years in the city's Budget Office, Office of Policy Planning and Department of Community Development, where she managed a team that included oversight of the Library's budget; was the lead on creating the first low-income housing bond issues and levies; and managed major federal grant programs. A Wedgwood resident, Zevin's home library is the Northeast Branch.


Visit www.spl.org and select "Strategic Planning" from the Quick Links section for more information. You can also email: strategicplan@spl.org or contact Eve Sternberg, project lead, 206-386-1119.

For more information contact:

Andra Addison, communications director

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