Budget & Finance


To submit a recommended budget for action to the PLA board of directors; to advise the PLA board on all fiscal matters of the division, including the fiscal implications of the division's publications and programs.

Deliverables and outcomes:

  • Each year, review initial and subsequent drafts of the PLA fiscal year budget, making recommendations for revision and presenting a final draft to the PLA Board of Directors for approval
  • Become familiar with ALA financial operations and policies in order to advise PLA on its position as an internal division
  • Advise PLA staff and the PLA Board of Directors on strategies to use revenue, such as that raised through fundraising, interest income and general operating surpluses, to sustain or develop new initiatives
  • Increase PLA’s diverse fundraising and sustainability efforts, including individual giving (annual appeals, planned gifts, major gifts), grant writing, and earned income through publications and events

Expected time commitment:

  • Attend ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference (4 hours/year plus travel time)
  • Attend virtual meetings scheduled 1–2 times annually (2–3 hours/year)
  • Review and respond to emails and budget drafts (2–3 hours/year)

Desired skills, knowledge, or experience:

  • Ability to understand financial statements
  • Experience in creating, reviewing, and/or managing budgets
  • Knowledge of financial policy and procedures for non-profits
  • Ability to work cooperatively with other committee members


Clara Nalli Bohrer
(Chair, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2025)
Brett Bonfield
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Michelle M. Jeske
(Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Christopher Jowaisas
(Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Richard Kong
(Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Dr. Maria McCauley
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2024)
Mr. Larry P. Neal
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Ms. Donna Zuiderweg
(Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Sonia A. Alcantara-Antoine
(Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Michael John Lambert
(Ex-Officio Member, July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025)
Mary Davis Fournier
(Staff Liaison, June 14, 2021, to July 31, 2027)
Megan C. Stewart
(Staff Liaison, July 1, 2019, to July 31, 2025)
Talaisha Whitaker
(Staff Liaison, May 22, 2023, to June 30, 2025)

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The Budget & Finance Committee consists of members appointed from the membership at large serving 2 year terms and led by a chair.


Established at the request of the PLA Board.

Staff Liaison

Mary Davis Fournier

Executive Director



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  • Volunteers are accepted on an ongoing basis.
  • Appointments are made by the PLA President and President-Elect, primarily in the spring.
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