Melanie Welch appointed ALA Public Programs Office project director

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/16/2015


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

ALA Public Programs Office


CHICAGO — Melanie Napoleon Welch joined the staff of the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office as project director on June 15.

Welch has many years’ experience in nonprofit programs and comes to ALA from Freshwater Future, a nonprofit that advocates for clean waters in the Great Lakes, where she served as associate director since 2012. Previously, she held project leadership positions with the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions, John G. Shedd Aquarium and Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and took part in the Aspen Institute’s Catto Fellowship Program for Environmental Leadership. She holds a master’s degree in biology from Northern Illinois University and a bachelor’s in environmental biology from Bradley University.

In her new position, Welch will build partnerships and oversee programs to bring grant funding, traveling exhibitions and other educational programming to libraries of all types.

The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service. Through professional development activities, programming resources, model programs and grant opportunities, PPO supports libraries as they fill their role as community cultural centers and places of cultural and civic engagement, where people of all backgrounds gather for reflection, discovery, participation and growth.

Welch may be reached at or (312) 280-5054.