Director of Donor Development
Adam joined the Friends of HCL staff in 2012 and has been a big fan of libraries since he walked out of the Allen County Library (in Indiana) with his first giant stack of books as a young boy. He reads way too much non-fiction and is always look for good suggestions on what to read in the world of fiction. Adam spends his days connecting with the Library’s many Friends and is often overwhelmed by their amazing generosity. If you have questions about individual giving, membership, the Minerva Circle ($1,000+) or Gratia Circle (planned giving), he’s your guy!
Development and Outreach Coordinator
Shannon joined the staff in 2012 as Development and Outreach Coordinator. She works with local Friends of the Library groups to increase support for Hennepin County libraries and assists with the Foundation’s corporate, philanthropic, and individual fundraising initiatives.
Associate Membership Manager
Jessica Donaldson joined the Friends of HCL staff in 2012. A key member of the development team, she processes donor gifts and mailings, manages the database, supports fundraising and events, and performs other administrative duties.
Communications and Program Director
Rachel has been with organization since 2001, starting as the Program and Membership Director and evolving into her current position as Communications and Program Director. She manages all of the cultural programs for the organization — such as Pen Pals, Talk of the Stacks and Childish Films. Supporting development and advocacy efforts, she oversees all of the Friends’ communications materials including the website, newsletters, fundraising materials, and merchandise design.
Brian started at Friends of HCL in 2012. Prior to the Friends of HCL, Brian served as Director of Development at Children’s HeartLink and prior to that he spent six years as COO of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. Earlier in his career, Brian developed leadership initiatives for high school students and young professionals and worked on annual and capital campaigns.
Office and Finance Manager
Linda joined the organization as Office Manager in 2005. She is responsible for securing the organization’s permanent records, and maintaining the finance and donor systems. Linda co-coordinates the Board’s Finance Committee with the executive director, which ensures fiscally sound operations and reporting of all financial activities. Other activities include grant processing, administrating employee benefits, and inventory control. Linda keeps the organization in compliance with state and federal filings, as well as assists in the annual budgeting and audit processes.