Public Programs Office Contact Information

Contact Us

The ALA Public Programs Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CT). For general inquires, please call, write or fax us at:

Phone: 312.280.5045
Fax: 312.280.5759

Mailing Address:
Public Programs Office (PPO)
American Library Association
225 N. Michigan Ave.
Suite 1300
Chicago, IL 60601

To suggest a partnership or program opportunity, please fill out ALA’s Request for Collaboration Form.

Meet PPO's Staff

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Deborah Robertson (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5057

Contact Deb with inquiries regarding the ALA Public Programs Office, the ALA Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC), the ALA Cultural Communities Fund, and support for library programming through partnerships, sponsorships, grants and donations.



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Deputy Director

Melanie Welch (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5054

Contact Melanie with inquiries regarding strategic partnerships, new and innovative programs and partnerships, museum collaborations and STEM-related topics. Questions regarding Thinking Money for Kids, Americans and the Holocaust, Community ConnectThe Founding Era, the STAR_Net STEAM Equity Project: Enhancing Learning Opportunities in Libraries of Rural Communities and NASA@ My Library should be directed to Melanie, as well as requests for information on civic engagement and programming in libraries. Melanie also welcomes invitations to present on library programming topics and at other speaking engagements.


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Deputy Director

Sarah Ostman (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5061

Contact Sarah with questions or ideas for the website, including inquiries about submissions and blogging opportunities, and tips about innovative or potentially newsworthy stories about library community engagement. Questions regarding Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, the Great Stories Club (GSC) and the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC) should be directed to Sarah. Media should contact Sarah for more information about PPO grant offerings and programs.



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Program Manager

Samantha Oakley (she/her)
Phone: 312.280.5287

Contact Samantha with questions regarding Libraries Transforming Communities, Media Literacy Education in Libraries for Adult Audiences, ALA PPO's annual grant opportunities, online learning, evaluation, and partnership inquires.



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Program Officer

Brian Russell (he/him)
Phone: 312.280.5298

Contact Brian with questions regarding Foundant, the Public Programs Office's grant management system, and for project support for the Great Stories Club (GSC), the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club (TRHT GSC), and Thinking Money for Kids." 



Hannah Arata headshotCommunications Associate

Hannah Arata (she/her)

Contact Hannah with questions or ideas for the website.





BeeBee Cooper BrowneProgram Coordinator

BeeBee Cooper Browne (they/she)

Contact BeeBee with general questions about PPO as well as questions regarding Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change, the STEAM Equity Project, NASA@ My Library, and Community Connect.



Elena Pepe-SalutricProgram Coordinator

Elena Pepe-Salutric (she/her)

Contact Elena with questions about PPO awards and grants, including the Sara Jaffarian Award, Libraries Transforming Communities Engagement Award and Peggy Barber Tribute Grant, as well as questions regarding Americans and the Holocaust, the American Dream Literacy Initiative, The Founding Era and Libraries Transforming Communities, Media Literacy Education in Libraries for Adult Audiences,