Holly joined the Friends of HCL staff in 2014 as the Bookstore Manager. She helps raise funds for and awareness of the Friends of HCL through the operation of its bookstore, located on the first floor of Central Library. She oversees both volunteer staff and paid staff to smoothly run the bookstore and offer great books at a discounted price. If you stop by the store Holly would be happy to recommend a book (or two!) for your next read.
Jeremy joined the Friends of the HCL staff at the beginning of 2014. In his former life as a German teacher and Germanic philologist, yes, philologist, he spent almost all his time in libraries or using books. At the Friends he processes donor gifts, generates stewardship materials, helps with the Pen Pals series, and assists the team in whatever other fashion is needed. His free time is consumed with competitive cycling, reading, being at the family cabin Up North, and volunteering.
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 looking 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!
External Relations Officer
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.
Events and Membership Manager
Jessica Donaldson joined the Friends of HCL staff in 2012 as Administrative Assistant. In her current position she manages the database, assists with fundraising, and works with the Communications and Program Director to coordinate events. Prior to working with Friends of HCL, Jessica was an Event Manager with the Minnesota Orchestra, worked in Visitor and Member Services at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and studied at the University of Minnesota for an M.A. in Art History. In 2010 she moved to New Zealand with her husband before realizing how much she missed the amazing arts and nonprofit community in the Twin Cities. When she’s not working to support the Friends of HCL, Jessica spends her time cooking, gardening, and constantly rearranging her bookshelves.
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.
Assistant Bookstore Manager
Kevin joined the Friends in April 2014, having worked previously in both book publishing with Graywolf Press and Redline Editorial. He was also a local baseball statistician with Inside Edge. He helps manage the Bookstore’s substantial inventory among many other odds and ends. Kevin is originally from southeastern Minnesota and graduated from St. Olaf College in 2012 with a degree in English. He spends most of his free time reading or watching baseball.
Marketing & Communications Assistant
Catherine joined the Friends of HCL staff in January 2014 as Marketing Assistant. She assists the Communications and Program Director with the design and production of marketing materials, writes and edits copy for the website and print resources, and assists with ongoing social networking campaigns and media coverage tracking. She also supports fundraising and events and assists with administrative duties as needed. Catherine received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Linguistics in 2007 and a Master of Public Policy in 2012. She is glad that library fine history was not part of the interview process and is looking forward to a clean slate at the Hennepin County Library.
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.
Friends of HCL board member for four years and development committee co-chair, Kristi took on the Executive Director role in 2014. She brings extensive nonprofit fundraising, marketing and management experience to the organization and a passion for libraries. Most recently she was the Development Director at AchieveMpls where she led a five-person development team through a transformative, multi-million dollar fundraising effort. Earlier in her career, she was in business development, sales and marketing for Siemens, British Petroleum and Eastman Kodak.