John Chrastka, Executive Director
EveryLibrary’s founder is John Chrastka, a long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate. Mr. Chrastka is a former partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities. He is a former president and member of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – 2015) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Prior to his work at AssociaDirect, he was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA). He is a member of ALA as well as the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). He as named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and tweets @mrchrastka.
Patrick Sweeney, Deputy Director
Patrick Sweeney is a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries. A 2007 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences, Mr. Sweeney is the former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and was Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library propositions. He was awarded Library Journal’s “Movers and Shakers” award in 2015 for his library advocacy work. He is co-author of “Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding” as well as “Before the Ballot; Building Support for Library Funding.” He was recently recognized with a “40 Under 40” award by the American Association of Political Consultants for his work fighting for libraries at EveryLibrary. He is a lecturer at the San Jose Information School where he teaches courses on politics and libraries. He is active across social media as PC Sweeney.
Beth Lauren, Development Director
Beth Lauren has over 20 years of experience in non-profit development as both a Development Director and Consultant to more than a dozen national and local organizations including the NAACP, Planned Parenthood of Greater New York National Council of Jewish Women NY, and the National Comedy Center, where she created the Development Department. She has expertise in the creation of strategic development plans for long range growth and increased visibility. Beth is also a produced screenwriter and self-published memoirist, as well as an Ayurveda Wellness Counselor.
Jill Leonowicz, Director of Special Projects
Jill Leonowicz is an income development professional with 20 years of experience at organizations such as The Horticultural Society of New York, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, and most recently, the American Cancer Society. There, Jill was the National Director for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, implementing innovative strategies to help local teams raise $65 million annually. She resides in Ossining, NY with her husband and two sons, Mercer (13) and Easton (8). Jill loves baking, running (to offset the baking), and is looking forward to traveling again.
Jennifer Griffin, Production Coordinator
Jen’s passion for libraries began as a teenager, working as a page at a public library in her New Hampshire hometown. She earned an Associate Degree in video production at Southern Maine Community College and made a move out west. As a production coordinator for a boutique studio in Los Angeles, Jen spent 3+ years learning the ins and outs of video storytelling. She then spent 6 years as an inventory manager at LUSH Cosmetics’ Vancouver, BC headquarters.
Recalling her love of libraries, Jen decided to come full circle. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Library & Information Technology at Langara College, expecting to graduate in the spring of 2021. As the Production Coordinator, Jen is excited to apply her diverse set of skills to develop educational content to further the EveryLibrary mission.