Communications and Society Program

Dialogue on Public Libraries Working Group

Updated November 25.

Tom Allen
President and CEO

Association of American Publishers

Akhtar Badshah
Senior Director, Microsoft Citizenship and Public Affairs


Susan Benton
President and CEO

Urban Libraries Council

Lesley Boughton
State Librarian


John Seely Brown

Deloitte Center for the Edge 

Jonathan Chambers
Office of Strategic Planning & Policy Analysis

Federal Communications Commission 

Bonnie Cohen
Finance Chair, DC Public Libaries
Board Member Cohen and Steers Mutual Funds

Board Member Defense Business Board

Dan Cohen
Executive Director

Digital Public Library of America 

Karl Dean

City of Nashville, TN

Jessica Dorr
Deputy Director, Global Libraries Program

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

David Ferriero
Archivist of the United States

National Archives and Records Administration

Charles Firestone
Executive Director
Communications and Society Program

Aspen Institute

Amy Garmer
Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
Communications and Society Program

Aspen Institute

Tessie Guillermo
President and CEO


Tomeka Hart
Vice President
African-American Community Partnerships

Teach For America

Susan Hildreth

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Renee Hobbs
Professor and Founding Director
Harrington School of Communication and Media

University of Rhode Island 

Reed Hundt

REH Advisors 

Norman Jacknis

Metropolitan New York Library Council 

Deborah Jacobs
Director, Global Libraries Program

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 

Beth Jefferson
Co-Founder and CEO


Linda Johnson
President and CEO

Brooklyn Public Library 

Joshua Kauffman
Design Director

Quantified Self 

Craig LaMay (rapporteur)
Associate Professor
Medill School of Journalism

Northwestern University 

Anthony Marx
President and CEO

New York Public Library 

Bret Perkins
Vice President, External & Government Affairs

Comcast Corporation 

Lee Rainie

Pew Research Center Internet Project 

Graham Richard
Chief Executive Officer

Advanced Energy Economy

Gloria Rubio-Cortés

National Civic League 

Andrew Sliwinski
Product Lead and CTO 

Pam Sandlian Smith

AnyThink Libraries 

Lisa See


Maureen Sullivan
Past President

American Library Association 

Bonnie Svrcek
Deputy City Manager

City of Lynchburg, Virginia

John Szabo
City Librarian

Los Angeles Public Library 

Susana Vasquez
Executive Director

LISC Chicago 

Amy Webb
Chief Executive Officer

Webbmedia Group


Ian Smalley
Project Manager
Communications and Society Program
Aspen Institute