Welcome to our new Executive Director

The Eugene Public Library Foundation announced this week that Reed Davaz McGowan, previously executive director of San Francisco-based Youth Art Exchange, has been named executive director of the organization. Davaz McGowan replaces Monica Wilton who recently retired after leading the Foundation for nine years. 

“Growing up in Eugene, I spent much of my childhood at the library exploring and learning,” said Davaz McGowan. “Today, I am incredibly inspired to return and help lead the Foundation that will ensure our library is accessible for generations of children and adults in our community.” 

A Eugene native, Davaz McGowan received her Master’s in Arts Management from the University of Oregon and is returning home after leading Youth Art Exchange and Norris Square Neighborhood Project, a Latinx cultural organization in Philadelphia. In addition to her nonprofit experience, Davaz McGowan is also a multimediadesigner and expert in organizational leadership. 

“We are exceptionally pleased that Reed is joining the Foundation at this important time in our evolution as an organization,” said Eugene Library Foundation president Ellen Todras. “Reed brings a wealth of experience in nonprofit management and a passion for libraries, as well as a unique vantage point as an organizational leader from large and diverse communities. Her broad knowledge of donor development and working with public and private institutions will enable her to help secure an even brighter future for the library and all of its stakeholders.”

Thank you, Cressey Family Charitable Trust

We are grateful to the Cressey Family Charitable Trust for their partnership in supporting learning and literacy building for youth of all ages. Thank you for your grant of $10,000 in 2019, and for your support of Eugene Public Library’s Homework Center and all online resources dedicated to students’ academic success as well as outreach to eligible Imagination Library preschoolers.

Library After Hours  –  A great success!

Library After Hours was a one-time benefit event that took the place of Booked for the Evening in 2019. For $100 per person, guests enjoyed hearty hors d’oeuvres, passed wine, a champagne bar and dessert. They had private access to library services such as green screen photography, virtual reality, robotics, circuitry and more. Thank you to author Cai Emmons who shared some of her creative process and information on Publishing. Her endorsement of libraries was timely and enduring. Mr. George Buss, our nation’s leading Abraham Lincoln, came from Illinois to bring our beloved 16th president to life. His reading of the Gettysburg was a moving reminder of a remarkable time in our nations history. Thank you all for your support of literacy building in Eugene through programs at Eugene Public Library.