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.”