Executive Office and Office of ALA Governance

The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

The American Library Association is governed by a policy-making Council elected directly by members; an executive board made up of four officers elected by members, plus ten members elected by Council, that is responsible for the oversight management and direction of ALA; and an Executive Director who oversees the administration and management of the Association.

The ALA Executive Office and Office of ALA Governance provide support to and facilitate the work of the Association and all its members, and specifically serves as liaisons to the two governing bodies of the Association: the ALA Executive Board and ALA Council

Meet our staff:

Tracie D. Hall
ALA Executive Director

(800) 545-2433, Ext. 1392 
Responsible for the overall direction of the Association.

Sheryl Reyes
Director, Office of ALA Governance


(800) 545-2433, Ext. 4230
Areas of Responsibility: Provide oversight of the Executive/Governance Office activities. Board liaison to the ALA Executive Board and ALA Executive Committee. Staff liaison to the Nominating Committee, Election Committee, Bylaws Committee.

Marsha P. Burgess
Council Secretariat

(800) 545-2433, Ext. 3204
Areas of Responsibility: Secretariat for ALA Council. Staff liaison to Committee on Organization, Council Orientation, Policy Monitoring, and Resolutions Committee.

Cheryl Malden
Program Officer

(800) 545-2433, Ext. 3247
Areas of Responsibility: ALA Awards Program, Honorary Membership, ALA Affiliates, Staff liaison to Presidential Advisory Committees, and Meeting Planner for member leader social events.

Holly Robison
Governance Associate

(800) 545-2433, Ext. 3205
Areas of Responsibility: Staff liaison to Committee on Committees, Committee on Appointments, Budget Analysis Review Committee, Finance & Audit, and Planning Budget & Assembly. Support for Board and Council Meeting(s).

Raymond Garcia 
Communications Specialist

(800) 545-2433 Ext. 5848
Areas of Responsibility: Special project organization; support and communications for the Executive Director. Handle media requests for ALA leaders.