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The Chicago Public Library Foundation Welcomes Incoming Commissioner & CEO Andrea Telli!

Newly confirmed commissioner Andrea Telli is no stranger to Chicago Public Library. With 30 years of experience, she is more than ready to lead our beloved library to an exciting new chapter.


Andrea Telli is a true library champion, beginning her career as a Special Collections librarian. Rising through the ranks, she became the manager of the Humboldt Park branch on the west side, and then oversaw operations for all 81 branches as the Deputy Commissioner of Public Services. Her commitment to the institution springs from a deeply held belief: libraries connect the stories of Chicagoans to their community.

“I love and respect the work that we do, and the positive impact that our libraries have on our city,” she was quoted as saying.

Honored to take on the new role, Andrea is working closely with Mayor Lightfoot to align the Library’s objectives with the City’s vision, especially when it comes to equity and inclusion. “The Library is the people’s university. We democratize access to information. Everyone is welcome to learn here,” she explains.
Andrea is also excited to continue to position CPL as a library of the future by adapting to changes in today’s 21st century world and exploring ways of innovating programs to serve patrons effectively.
Join us in welcoming Commissioner Telli into her new role.
We look forward to continuing to work together with our CPL partners and you, our donors and friends to strengthen our Library, our neighborhoods and our city.

Listen to Andrea’s conversation with Stephanie Kim on WBEZ Chicago’s Morning Shift.