Library Commission

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The San Francisco Public Library Commission is a seven-member commission appointed by the Mayor of San Francisco. The Commission sets policy and is responsible for the library budget for the San Francisco Public Library system. Commissioners serve a four-year term.

Current Commissioners

Mary Wardell GhirarduzziDr. Mary Wardell Ghirarduzzi, President
6/19/14 – 1/15/18
Dr. Mary J. Wardell Ghiraduzzi was appointed by Mayor Edwin Lee in June 2014. She has been working in various roles in higher education administration for the past 18 years. She is currently the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and is part of leadership at the University of San Francisco. Working with faculty, staff and students, and diverse communities throughout the San Francisco Bay area, she promotes an understanding of diversity as core to a holistic and sustainable higher education organization. She received a BA in Communication from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California, her hometown; a MA in Cross Cultural Counseling from San Diego State University; and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles.
Susan MallSusan Mall, Vice-President
2/2013 - 2/2021
Susan Mall was appointed to the Library Commission by Mayor Edwin Lee in February 2013. Now retired, Susan Mall was a development professional with a successful career of providing leadership, strategic planning and event production for non-profits in both the Jewish and the general community. Her areas of expertise were fund-raising, marketing and donor relations. She was a consultant to SFJAZZ, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, Jewish Vocational Services, and the Jewish Community Relations Council. For 25 years she worked at the Jewish Community Federation. Currently, she is a San Francisco Library Commissioner, a board member of Family House, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra Committee, the San Francisco Jewish Film Institute, and the Alexander and June Maisin Foundation. She has a M.ED. from Loyola University in Chicago and a B.A. from Boston University.
Zoe DunningZoe Dunning, Commissioner
7/30/14 – 1/15/18
Zoe Dunning was appointed to the Commission by Mayor Ed Lee in July 2014. She currently serves as Director of Change Management for Future State consulting, helping her clients lead their organization and its stakeholders through large-scale operational transformation. A retired U.S. Navy officer, Commander Dunning was a leader in the successful campaign to repeal the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law. She is a Senior Fellow at the Truman National Security Project and serves on the board of Stanford Pride, a network of alumni, students, faculty, and staff connected to the LGBTQQI community. She holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.
John LeeJohn Lee, Commissioner
2/2013 - 1/15/18
John Lee was appointed to the Library Commission by Mayor Edwin Lee in February 2013. He has worked in information technology for the past two decades and currently serves as an IT executive with the YMCA of San Francisco. Lee serves on the board of the Evergreen Education Foundation, which brings education opportunities to rural areas of China. He is active in MentorNet, which mentors university students. He is also a CPR and first aid instructor for the Red Cross and certified volunteer with San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (SF NERT). He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hong Kong Polytechnic and a master’s degree from the University of Southampton in the U.K. He also completed post graduate work at the University of Warwick in the U.K.
Teresa OnoTeresa Ono, Commissioner
5/21/09 – 2/15/21
Teresa Ono was appointed to the Commission by Mayor Gavin Newsom in May 2009. She currently serves as Cultural Heritage Fund Manager at the Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California (JCCCNC).  She was the Director of Special Events and Advancement Services Manager at San Francisco State University ending in 2014. She had been Director of Development at the JCCCNC and in 2005, as Executive Director she raised over $300,000 to support 24 events of the Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Japantown. Previously she worked for AT&T, rising to Director of Law and Government Affairs. She has a strong community background serving as Vice President and Treasurer of the Golden Gate chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) and President of the Buddhist Church of San Francisco. She served on the Executive Committee of the Cherry Blossom Festival as well as Past Chairperson of the Senior Appreciation Brunch and is a current member of the planning committee.
Luis HerreraLuis Herrera, City Librarian
Sue BlackmanSue Blackman, Library Commission Secretary/Custodian of Records

Mailing Address:

San Francisco Public Library
Secretary, Library Commission
100 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94102-4989

Telephone: (415) 557-4233
Fax: (415) 557-4239
Email: sue.blackman@sfpl.org

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