OGR Staff

Kevin Maher, Deputy Director


Kevin Maher became the deputy director of the Office of Government Relations in May of 2017. He joined OGR as an assistant director November of 2014. His lobbying portfolio includes federal appropriations and telecommunications issues. In that capacity, Kevin works to support funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL). Previously, Kevin lobbied for the American Hotel & Lodging Association and the U.S. Travel Association. He also served as a legislative aide to Michigan Congressman Bob Carr. Kevin attended Marquette University.

Gavin Baker, Assistant Director


Gavin Baker joined the Office of Government Relations as assistant director in May 2017. He advocates for library priorities on government information and transparency issues. Previously, he worked at California Common Cause, the Center for Effective Government / OMB Watch and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. Gavin earned his M.S. in library and information studies from Florida State University and his B.A. in political science from the University of Florida.

Emily Wagner, Information Manager


Emily Wagner serves as the information manager and librarian for the Washington Office. She is a former ALA Chapter Councilor, representing the District of Columbia Library Association, and a past president of ALA’s student chapter at The Catholic University of America, which awarded Emily her M.S. in Library and Information Science in December 2016. Emily completed her degree while serving as associate director of communications for Catholic University's Advancement division. Previously, she was a senior associate with The Pew Charitable Trusts. Emily’s early training and professional work were in journalism. She received a BA in English Literature from Mount Holyoke College.

Lisa Lindle, Grassroots Communications Specialist


Lisa Lindle, is the Washington Office’s grassroots communications specialist, bringing six years of advocacy coordination, grassroots and social media mobilization experience to ALA. Lisa, who joined the staff in November 2014, is responsible for coordinating ALA’s annual National Library Legislative Day on Capitol Hill, social media advocacy, and outreach to ALA members and other supporters. She also works with other organizations in a variety of collaborative ways, in the hopes of enhancing ALA’s social media advocacy impact. Lisa is a graduate of Messiah College and is currently pursuing her MLIS.