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, Wilson Elser
Chair of Membership

Associate Board

  • Khadija Ali, Office of Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul
  • Brian Amoah, Chicago Crypto Capital
  • Jacquelyn Becker, Matrix Resources
  • Rachel Bertsche, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Michelle Bess, Sprout Social
  • Erin Bodendorfer, Katz & Stefani
  • Angela Burke, Chef Groupie
  • Jessica Celigoy, Sartorius Stedim Biotech
  • Kate Chapman, SpiderRock Platform
  • Katie Eddy, National Association of REALTORS®
  • Aurelija Fitzpatrick, The Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C.
  • Brett Geschke, Smith Amundsen, LLC
  • Jonathan Giroux, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Mary Grady, BMO Harris Bank
  • Hope Hambleton, Northwestern Mutual
  • Maureen Horonzy, University of Chicago Law School
  • Kathleen Jacob, After School Matters
  • Marc Levy, Deloitte
  • Jessica Mayberry, JLL
  • Dominique McKoy, OneGoal
  • Virginia Midkiff, New Markets Support
  • Eugene Minon, Clarity Partners
  • Anne Morrissy, Freelance Writer
  • Trisha Mowbray, Jones Day
  • Anitha Nimmagadda, University of Illinois-Chicago
  • Nick Novak, Meryll Lynch
  • Kevin Schafer, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Patrick Shannon, United Airlines
  • Kim Speckmann, FCB Chicago
  • Carrie Wall, SmithBucklin
  • Jessica Westerkamp, Allstate
  • Becky Whitehurst, Schiff Hardin LLP


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