Avis McCray

Development Officer

Avis McCray joined the Foundation in 2017 and hit the ground running in preparation for our inaugural Beyond the Page Luncheon. Before joining the Foundation, Avis held similar positions at Memorial Hermann Foundation, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council, and Susan G. Komen - Houston Affiliate. Her 30+ years in the nonprofit sector include Donor Database Management and Security with an emphasis in Blackbaud products, donor stewardship, moves management, and special events. Avis’s goal is to connect us to donors that match our mission. Through donor prospecting, research and streamlining our systems, Avis will grow and steward our donor base and work with our Executive Director and Board of Directors to develop and implement a strategic fundraising plan that will allow the Foundation to meet its goals and Houston Public Library's programmatic goals.

Avis attended the University of Phoenix where she studied Human Services Management, and she is a recent recipient of the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives (LINE) Certificate with Distinction through The Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rice University. Avis is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Elizabeth Gomez

Development Administrator

Elizabeth joined the Foundation at the beginning of 2021 and has become an integral support system for the development team. Elizabeth comes to us with over 15 years in customer service, along with virtual event and raiser’s edge experience. Along with her development and administration duties, Elizabeth has taken on the role of posting on the Foundation’s social media.

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in communication, majoring in Public Relations, minoring in International Business. She also received her Entrepreneur certificate from the University of Houston’s Entrepreneurship program.

Bryan Cardenas

Volunteer and Warehouse Coordinator

Bryan Cardenas joined the Foundation in the summer of 2017 and has supported the Friends of HPL book processing program. Bryan is a member of the Metropolitan Volunteer Program at the University of Houston where he is completing his BA in Education. Bryan was a long-time Friends volunteer through the MVP program before joining the team. Bryan plans on teaching English in Middle School and has begun his student teaching. One of Bryan’s favorite books is Charlotte’s Web and he enjoys spending time with his family when he is not studying, volunteering or at work.