Who We Are



Franky Abbott

FrankyAbbottheadshotACLS Public Fellow, Project Manager / Email Franky
Franky Abbott is an American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellow working as a project manager for the Digital Public Library of America. In this capacity, she organizes the Community Reps program, the Gates-funded Public Library Partnerships Project, and research and outreach initiatives to teachers, students, and librarians in K-12 and higher education. She has experience as a project manager in digital humanities at the University of Alabama’s Alabama Digital Humanities Center and Emory University’s Digital Scholarship Commons and digital publishing as managing editor of the open access journal, Southern Spaces. Additionally, she has worked in education research and assessment and as a K-12 classroom teacher. Franky has a PhD from Emory’s Graduate Institute of Liberal Arts in American Studies, a M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, and a B.A. in Literature and African American Studies from Yale University.

Hillary Brady

BradyBioPicResearch Assistant / Email Hillary
Hillary is a Master’s candidate in the Public Humanities program at Brown University. In her graduate work, her interest area includes digital humanities projects, archival research, writing for the web and accessibility of cultural organizations. She also recently ended a summer interning at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Digital Media department. Hillary has a B.A. in Journalism and English from The University of Rhode Island.

Mark Breedlove

Technical Specialist / Email Mark
Mark Breedlove is the DPLA’s Technical Specialist, who designs, implements, and supports the systems behind the organization’s application programming interface (API) and datastores, in addition to the public-facing website. He is responsible for the software that moves data from DPLA’s providers to its users, by way of its open API and web front-end, and he works closely with the Director of Technology and the Content team. Before coming to DPLA, Mark was the Technical Director at See.me, a social discovery website for artists, and the American Museum of Natural History, building scientific web applications and content management systems for its Science Division.

Dan Cohen

Executive Director / Email Dan
Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, where he works to further the DPLA’s mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. Prior to his tenure, Dan was a Professor of History and the Director of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. At the Center, Dan oversaw projects ranging from new publishing ventures (PressForward) to online collections (September 11 Digital Archive) to software for scholarship (the popular Zotero research tool). His books include Digital History: A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web (with Roy Rosenzweig) and Equations from God: Pure Mathematics and Victorian Faith. Dan was an inaugural recipient of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Digital Innovation Fellowship. In 2011 he received the Frederick G. Kilgour Award from the American Library Association for his work in digital humanities, and in 2012 he was named one of the top “tech innovators”  in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Dan received his bachelor’s degree from Princeton, his master’s degree from Harvard, and his PhD from Yale.

Emily Gore

EmilyGoreheadshotDirector for Content / Email Emily
Emily Gore is the Director for Content of the Digital Public Library of America. In this role, Emily oversees the Digital Hubs Pilot Project and coordinates content workflows for DPLA. Emily came to the DPLA after working for 12 years in digital library and technology development in academic and state libraries. Most recently, Emily served as the Associate Dean for Digital Scholarship and Technology at Florida State University Libraries. Emily’s work has largely focused on building digital collection collaborations among cultural heritage institutions. Emily managed the former statewide digital library in North Carolina, NC ECHO, and co-directed the South Carolina Digital Library. Emily also served as Principal Investigator for the IMLS-funded Open Parks Grid project at Clemson University, a collaboration among the libraries, campus IT, Parks and Recreation professionals and the National Park Service. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alabama, a BA in English/Technical Writing from Clemson University and is a 2011 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute.

Mark A. Matienzo 

EmilyGoreheadshotDirector of Technology / Email Mark
Mark A. Matienzo is the DPLA Director of Technology. As Director of Technology, Matienzo is responsible for the overall technology vision for the DPLA. Matienzo orchestrates the design, implementation, and improvement of the DPLA’s digital infrastructure, including user-facing applications, back-end systems, and the application programming interface (API). Matienzo also serves as the primary technical contact for outside organizations, partners, and developers. Prior to joining DPLA, Matienzo served as the Digital Archivist for Manuscripts and Archives at the Yale University Library and as the Technical Architect for the ArchivesSpace project. He has taught classes on digital preservation and digital libraries at the Drexel University College of Computing and Informatics and the Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science. In 2012, Matienzo was the first awardee of the Emerging Leader Award of the Society of American Archivists. Before his time at Yale University, he worked for the Digital Experience Group at The New York Public Library, the American Institute of Physics, the Smithsonian Institution, and ProQuest Information and Learning. He received his MSI specializing in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan School of Information and his BA in Philosophy from the College of Wooster.

Amy Rudersdorf

Amy_RudersdorfAssistant Director for Content / Email Amy
Amy is the DPLA Assistant Director for Content. She is responsible for digitization partnerships and related workflows, metadata normalization and shareability, and community engagement to promote the DPLA as a community resource. Amy formerly served as the director of the Digital Information Management Program at the State Library of North Carolina. Amy is a Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance coordinating committee member and an active voice in the digital preservation community. Amy teaches library graduate school courses on digital libraries and preservation (San Jose State University) and metadata (North Carolina Central University). Prior to moving to state government, Amy worked with digital collections in special collections at North Carolina State University, coordinated a digital production group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and worked with public libraries throughout Wisconsin to aid in the development and coordination of Library and Service Technology Act (LSTA) funded digitization grants.

Kenny Whitebloom

KennyWhitebloomProject Coordinator / Email Kenny
Kenny is a project coordinator at DPLA, where he organizes various types of outreach projects, including the Community Reps program and DPLAfest, research and strategic initiatives, and other operational efforts that help further DPLA’s ability to achieve its vision. He previously worked at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Kenny holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Simmons College and a BA in History and Italian from Vassar College.