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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. But 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 

Laurence Compton, Board Vice President
Community Volunteer

David Stoeffel, Board Vice President
President – Broker Dealer
Northwestern Mutual

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

David Fondrie, Board Treasurer
Heartland Funds

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

David Baum
First Vice President, Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors

Marybeth Cottrill
Vice President, Wealth Strategist
BMO Harris Bank

Maria Cox
Vice President, Senior Project Manager, Sales & Marketing, Middle Market Banking
JP Morgan Chase

Barbara Franczyk
President, Friends of MPL

John Gurda
President, MPL Trustees

Bradley Kalscheur
Michael, Best & Friedrich

James Kornfeld
President & CEO
Sucor LLC

Edward Mooney Jr.
Artisan Partners

Jamshed Patel
Foley & Lardner

Donald Polite
Director, Corporate Brand and Marketing
Johnson Controls

Eve Romersi
Scribner Cohen

Thelma A. Sias
WE Energies

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

Mary Sprague
Community Volunteer

Margy Stratton
Executive Producer
Milwaukee Reads

André Williams
VP Human Resources

Distinguished Directors
T. Michael Bolger
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