Committed to uplifting the mission of the Houston Public Library.


Board of Directors


Licia A. Green Ellis

Zarine M. Boyce

Tina Arias Peterman

Neil Thomas
Acting Secretary

Ryan Leach

Melinda Little

The Honorable Sue Lovell

Sheila Earthman Mayfield

Carme Williams, CFRE


The Honorable Sylvester Turner, Mayor of Houston

Richard Carranza, Houston Independent School Systems, Superintendent

Committee Chair, Friends of the Houston Public Library

Rhea Lawson, Ph.D., Executive Director, Houston Public Library

Sally Swanson, Executive Director, Houston Library Foundation



Foundation Team

The Foundation team carries out the Board of Directors' strategic goals. The Foundation is out in the community, creating opportunities and connections to expand the reach and impact of the Houston Public Library.


Sally Swanson, CFRE
Executive Director

Rose Hinojosa
Marketing and Events Director

Sarah Suarez
Development Manager

Avis McCray
Executive Assistant

Anthony Barilla
Volunteer and Warehouse Coordinator

Bryan Cardenas
Volunteer and Warehouse Coordinator