2024 PLA Election

PLA members in good standing as of January 31, 2024 will be able to cast a digital ballot to vote. Ballot emailing for the 2024 election will begin on March 11, 2024. The election will close April 3, 2024.

Meet the PLA Candidates

One of the benefits of being a PLA member is using the power of your vote to guide the direction of the organization. In the 2024 PLA election, six nominees will stand for three positions—PLA President, and two Directors-at-Large. These are crucial leadership roles that will guide PLA into the next several years, ensuring that PLA delivers on its core purpose to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. PLA thanks the 2024 Nominating Committee, chaired by Melanie Huggins, PLA Past President (2021–2022), for its work.

Get to know your candidates and invest in the future of PLA and public libraries by being a part of the 2024 election. Look below for the candidates and click on each name/photo to learn more:

Information about candidates for ALA President is also included below.

Candidates for PLA President (2025–2026)


2024 PLA Presidential Candidates Forum
Join us Monday, March 18 at 2:00 PM Central for a virtual forum to get to know the candidates standing for president in the upcoming PLA election—Kim DeNero-Ackroyd, Deputy Director, Cleveland Heights-University Heights (OH) Public Library; and Dr. Brandy McNeil, Deputy Director, Branch Programs and Services, The New York Public Library. PLA President Sonia Alcántara-Antoine will be facilitating the discussion and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Learn more and register!


The PLA President will be elected for a three-year term beginning after 2024 ALA Annual Conference and completed at 2027 ALA Annual Conference, serving one year each as President-Elect (2024–2025), President (2025–2026), and Past-President (2026–2027).

Candidate for PLA President (2025–2026) Kim DeNero-AckroydKim DeNero-Ackroyd
Deputy Director
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library
Cleveland Heights, OH

Candidate for PLA President (2025–2026) Dr. Brandy McNeilDr. Brandy McNeil
Deputy Director, Branch Programs and Services
The New York Public Library
New York, NY

Candidates for Directors-at-Large

There are two available seats for Directors-at-Large, each a three-year term beginning after 2024 ALA Annual Conference and completed at 2027 ALA Annual Conference. Voting PLA members will select one candidate for each seat.

Seat A

Candidate for Director-at-Large Megan MaurerMegan Maurer
Assistant Director
Scenic Regional Library
Union, MO

Candidate for Director-at-Large Laura McGrathLaura McGrath
Deputy Director
Skokie Public Library
Skokie, IL

Seat B

Candidate for Director-at-Large Padma PolepeddiPadma Polepeddi
Assistant Director of Public Services, Community Outreach
Jefferson County Public Library
Lakewood, CO

Candidate for Director-at-Large Sandy WeeSandy Wee
Library Services Manager
San Mateo County Libraries
San Mateo, CA


ALA Election

Candidates for ALA President (2025–2026)

Learn more about the ALA Elections and the candidates for ALA President (2025–2026), Sam Helmick and Ray Pun.