Libraries ensure an equal playing field for all, where a community can gather to reconnect, re-engage and freely access information.  Your gift to the San José Public Library Foundation provides learning opportunities in our library branches for children, access to technology and a vast array of ideas making our children and adults future ready.

For more detailed information about the Foundation including our impact, list of donors, and a financial snapshot please CLICK here to view our annual report.

Our Values


Guarantee the financial continuity and fiscal responsibility and effectiveness for programs that we adopt.


Encourage new approaches to solve emerging needs by being a catalyst that adds new elements to existing programs and allows for high-risk/high-reward pilot programs.


Ensure the needs and interests of our diverse communities are represented in the programs and goals of the foundation.


Pursue programs that improve access and opportunity for those who have the fewest resources.

Our Staff & Board of Directors

The SJPLF staff and board members are dedicated to honoring the rich history of the public libraries throughout the city and continuously improving lives of the people who rely on them for technology and information.


Dawn Coppin

Executive Director

Nicole Chitty

Sr. Director of Strategy & Engagement

Kendra O’Donoghue

Sr. Director of External Affairs

Jodie Pulliam

Corporate Partnerships Manager

Kavitha Kavuri

Database and Grant Administrator

Yesenia Ramos

Resilience Corps Director

Cynthia Cruz

Resilience Corps Manager

Josh Hayes-Fugal

Executive Assistant and Board Liaison

Board Executive Committee

Scott Whelton

Board Chair
Partner, Assurance Services
Ernst & Young LLP

Rebecca Lee

Vice Chair
Managing Director

Roy Eitan

Chief Operating Officer

Constance Von Muehlen

Chief Operating Officer
Alaska Airlines

Board Members at Large

Stephanie Birondo

Tax Director
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Erica Fensom

Senior Director, Integrated Marketing

Lupita Garcia-Reilley

Program Manager, Supply Chain Operations

Orit Keinan-Nahon

Global Head of Investor Relations

Jay Landrum

Berliner Cohen

Meri Maben

Santa Clara County CEDAW Commission

Michelle Peacock

Head of Global Public Policy

Anthony Rodriguez

Corporate Development Manager
City Year, San Jose

Hitesh Shah

Sr. Principal Architect, Adobe

Rebecca Turner

Nursing Facility Administrator
Lincoln Glen Manor for Senior Citizens

Pat Wolfe

Retired, R.N.

Member Emerita

Joyce Milligan

Owner, Milligan News


Jill Bourne

City Librarian, San Jose Public Library

Hilary Thorsen

Library and Early Education Commissioner

Committed to Fiscal Stewardship

We take seriously the stewardship of funds raised to support the Library Foundation. We are proud that the San José Public Library Foundation (SJPLF) was awarded the high honor of America’s Best Charities Seal of Excellence. This is awarded to charitable organizations that meet the highest standards of public accountability, program effectiveness, and cost effectiveness. SJPLF was also given GuideStar’s Gold Seal because of our practice of transparency of records and cost effectiveness.