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The mission of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation is
to provide essential support through private contributions
for books, materials, programs, and library facilities to
ensure the Milwaukee Public Library's continued standing
as a great library responsive to community needs.

The foundation was established in 1988 and continues its original vision of generating private-sector support to supplement tax-based funding. The result has been improved collections, expanded programs, enhanced services, and renovated buildings. The credit for the foundation's impact belongs mainly to the people of Milwaukee. Over the years, thousands of generous individuals, corporations, and foundations have demonstrated their deep commitment to the Milwaukee Public Library by donating to the foundation.

Foundation Board of Directors

Nancy Hernandez, Board President
ABRAZO Multicultural Marketing & Communication 

James Kornfeld, Board Vice President
President & CEO
PAX Holdings 

Dan Renouard, Board Vice President
Managing Director
Robert W. Baird & Co.

Eve Romersi, Board Treasurer
Scribner Cohen

Matthew Simon, Board Secretary
Senior Vice President – Commercial Banking
BMO Harris Bank NA

Arthur Harrington, Board Past President
Attorney / Shareholder
Godfrey & Kahn

David Baum
First Vice President, Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors

Maria Cox
Program Manager, Commercial Bank Marketing 
JP Morgan Chase

David Fondrie
Heartland Funds

Barbara Franczyk
President, Friends of MPL

Frank M. Gimbel
Founding Partner
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown

John Gurda
President, MPL Trustees

Bradley Kalscheur
Michael, Best & Friedrich

Edward Mooney Jr.
Artisan Partners

Jamshed Patel
Foley & Lardner

Donald Polite
Community Volunteer

Thelma A. Sias
WE Energies

Mary Sprague
Community Volunteer

David Stoeffel
Community Volunteer

Margy Stratton
Executive Producer
Milwaukee Reads

Joe Wood
VP Marketing – Business Intelligence

Distinguished Directors
T. Michael Bolger
Laurence Compton
Barbara Stein
David V. Uihlein, Jr. 


Please make checks payable to:
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation
814 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233

(414) 286-8703 | (414) 286-2794 fax |

Ryan E. Daniels
Executive Director
(414) 286-8703

Patricia Swanson
Director of Philanthropy
(414) 286-3066

Valerie Lorenz
Director of Marketing
(414) 286-8722

Kristine Petersen
Manager of Annual Giving and Events
(414) 286-8720

Hanna Gichard
Development and Grants Coordinator
(414) 286-3784