Sally Swanson

Executive Director

Sally joined the Foundation in 2016 and is establishing effective business processes and diversified fundraising practices in collaboration with an engaged board of directors. Sally has been a nonprofit development director for over fifteen years and has conducted multi-million dollar campaigns. Sally spearheads the Foundation’s strategic planning efforts and is out in the community matching donors to library programs.

Sally received a BA in Communication from the University of Houston, and her post-baccalaureate studies have focused on statistical analysis, which have led to developing campaign analytics and outcome methodologies. Sally has served on nonprofit boards since 2001.


Avis McCray

Development Manager

Avis McCray joined the Foundation in 2017 and hit the ground running in preparation for our inaugural Beyond the Page Luncheon. Avis has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit work, including Raiser’s Edge. 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 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 member of the Greater Houston Partnership.


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.