Love your library? Young professionals (ages 25-40) who want to support the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s work can join the Associate Council or the Associate Board.

About Associate Council

Associate Council members help advance the Foundation’s mission with an annual gift of $150. They attend events hosted by the Associate Board and receive a special ticket rate for the annual Carl Sandburg Literary Awards Dinner. Associate Council members also receive reserve seating for Chicago Public Library author talks and events.

How to Join the Associate Council

Please complete the Associate Council donation form. You will receive a welcome email with instructions on how to engage with events, volunteer opportunities, and more.

About the Associate Board

These rising young leaders raise crucial awareness and funds that support access to knowledge and learning for all Chicagoans at Chicago Public Library. The Associate Board plans and hosts the annual spring fundraiser, Night in the Stacks.

How to Join the Associate Board

Associate Board candidates are considered twice a year, in spring and fall. If you are interested in joining, please complete the Associate Board application and send it to the Membership Chair at For more detailed information on board service requirements, check out our Associate Board FAQ.

Literature & Libations

The Associate Board 2018 Leadership Committee

Aarti NagarajuAarti Nagaraju, fairlife, LLC

Laura HayesLaura Hayes, Walgreens
Vice President

Nicole BuikemaNicole Buikema, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare Corporation
Chair of Communications

Avani NarangAvani Narang, Indus Management Group
Chair of Development

Anne Hambleton Annie Hambleton, @Properties
Chair of Events

Elena CincioneElena Cincione, Power & Cronin, Ltd.
Chair of Membership

Associate Board

Anna Akers-Pecht, Erikson Institute
Khadija Ali, Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Brian Amoah, Zemming
Michelle Bess, Sprout Social
Erin Bodendorfer, Katz & Stefani
Angela Burke, Chef Groupie
Kate Chapman, Startwood Properties
Aurelija Fitzpatrick, The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
Brett Geschke, Smith Amundsen, LLC
Mary Grady, BMO Harris Bank
Laura Hayes, Walgreens
Annie Herbstman, Sidley Austin
Maureen Horonzy, University of Chicago Law School
Kathleen Jacob, After School Matters
Christie Lacy, Victory Park Capital Advisors
Marc Levy, SapientRazorfish
Jessica Mayberry, JLL
Dominique McKoy, OneGoal
Eugene Minon, Clarity Partners
Anne Morrissy, The Apostal Group at Keller Williams
Trisha Mowbray, Jones Day
Kelly Oswald, JLL
Trevor Scheetz, Sperling & Slater
Patrick Shannon, United Airlines
Zach Smith, PepsiCo
Kim Speckmann, FCB Chicago
Charles Vogt, SmithAmundsen LLC
Brooke Ward, FCB Chicago
Jamie Ward, Jones Day
Jessica Westerkamp, Allstate
Becky Whitehurst, University of Chicago


original members founded the group in 2012


total Board & Society members in 2017


attendees at Night in the Stacks each April


raised in support of Library programs since 2013