ALA Executive Office/Office of ALA Governance

The ALA Executive Office and Office of ALA Governance provide support to and facilitates the work of the Association and all its members, and specifically offers direct service and assistance to the ALA President, President-Elect and Immediate Past-President, the ALA Executive Board, the ALA Council and the ALA Executive Director.  The ALA Executive Director oversees the administration and management of the Association.

A few of the activities that this office is responsible for are:

  • Oversees and coordinates the ALA Honorary Membership Award.
  • Coordination of ALA Recognition Awards.
  • Conducts orientation programs for new Board Members and the incoming President-Elect.
  • Coordinates and supports the programs of initiatives of the ALA President and President-Elect, including the President's Program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, grant-funded projects, special programs and pre-conferences.
  • Reports actions taken by Membership, the Executive Board and Council; monitors follow-up and implementation of those actions.
  • Supports the ALA President-Elect in making ALA and Council committee appointments.
  • Serves as liaisons for the Constitution and Bylaws Committee, the Resolutions Committee, the Council Orientation and Policy Monitoring Committees, the Committee on Organization, the ALA Nominating Committee, and special committees and task forces created by the Executive Board and Council.


Staff Listing


ALA Executive Director

Keith Michael Fiels -


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


Interim Manager, Office of ALA Governance 

JoAnne Kempf -


(800) 545-2433, Ext. 3212 

  Areas of Responsibility: Management of Board, Council and Executive/Governance Office activities and support to the Executive Director, ALA President and President-Elect. 

Executive Board Secretariat 

JoAnne Kempf -


(800) 545-2433, Ext. 3212 

  Areas of Responsibility: Board meetings, agendas, documents, follow-up, logistics, reimbursements. 

Council Secretariat 

Lois Ann Gregory-Wood -


(800) 545-2433, Ext. 3204 

Areas of Responsibility: Council meetings, agendas, documents, follow-up, and ALA and Council committee appointments.

Program Officer 

Cheryl Malden -

  (800) 545-2433, Ext. 3247  
  Areas of Responsibility: ALA Awards Program, Board, Council and Officer meal functions and invitations. 

Executive Assistant

Alicia Bastl

(800) 545-2433, Ext. 3205

  Areas of Responsibility: Governance/Executive Office webmaster, support to ALA Executive Director and Governance Office staff.  


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This page provides information about the American Library Association's Executive Office, which includes information about ALA's Executive Director, as well as, information about the Executive/Governance Office staff members.