PLA announces candidates for 2024 Board Election

For Immediate Release
Mon, 02/05/2024


Eliana Tang Kleiman

Communications Specialist

Public Library Association


CHICAGO — The Public Library Association (PLA)2024 Nominating Committeehas unveiled the slate of candidates for the Association’s2024 Election. This year, sixnominees will stand for threepositions on thePLA Board of Directors: 2025–2026 president and two directors-at-large.

The candidate elected in each race will serve a three-year term from July2024through June 2027. The candidate elected to the office of president will serve one year as president-elect (2024–2025), one year as president (2025–2026), and one year as immediate past-president (2026–2027).

The candidates and the offices for which they are running are listed below. Please click on the name of each candidate to learn more about them.


Kim DeNero-Ackroyd, Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library

Dr. Brandy McNeil, New York Public Library

Director-at-Large (Seat A)

Megan Maurer, Scenic Regional Library

Laura McGrath, Skokie Public Library

Director-at-Large (Seat B)

Padma Polepeddi, Jefferson County Public Library

Sandy Wee, San Mateo County Public Library

PLA personal members in good standing as of Jan. 31, 2024, may cast a digital ballot to vote. Online voting opens Monday, March 11, 2024, and ends Wednesday, April 3, 2024. Each eligible PLA member will receive an email containing voting instructions and their unique ballot URL.

A featuring Kim DeNero-Ackroyd and Dr. Brandy McNeil will occur on Monday, March 18, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. Central. The candidates will answer questions developed by PLA committee members. The forum will be moderated by PLA President Sonia Alcántara-Antoine. Register for the forum .

PLA sincerely thanks the members of its2024Nominating Committeefor their service:Melanie Wilson Huggins, chair, with committee members Dr. Maria McCauley and Ms. Dara Schmidt.

Standing for election to the Board of Directors is one of several ways for members to become more deeply involved with PLA.Learn how to get more engaged with PLA on the.

About the Public Library Association
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, orpla@ala.org.