Board of Directors


Brian Bannon, Chair

Brian BannonCommissioner & CEO, Chicago Public Library

Brian Bannon currently serves as Commissioner & CEO of the Chicago Public Library. Bannon was appointed to the position by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012. Under Bannon’s leadership, CPL has been recognized as a top U.S. urban library and has won a number of awards and accolades, including the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and being named the best urban public library in the United States. Prior to his role at CPL, Brian held a variety of leadership positions with the San Francisco Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Brian’s board service experience includes READ Global, Illinois Humanities, Forefront, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries, and recently joined the board of the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. Brian has a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and a MLIS from the University of Washington and was named a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow by Aspen Institute.

Chris Bourg

Chris BourgDirector, MIT Libraries

Chris Bourg was appointed Director of MIT Libraries in February 2015. In this role, Bourg provides guidance to the Press and Libraries in expanding engagement and advancing MIT’s commitment and influence in the area of scholarly communication and open access. Before joining MIT, Bourg served in a number of leadership positions with Stanford University Libraries, including Associate Librarian for Public Service and Assistant Director of Communications. Chris Bourg has written and given presentations on a wide variety of topics, including open access, diversity, leadership, and social justice in libraries. Bourg received her BA from Duke University, her MA from the University of Maryland, and her MA and PhD in sociology from Stanford University.

Laura DeBonis, Treasurer

Laura DeBonis

Independent Consultant

Laura DeBonis works as an independent consultant and advisor to tech startups and nonprofits. Recently she concluded her term on the Public Interest Declassification Board at the National Archives, to which she was appointed in 2015 by President Obama and where she served as Co-Chair of the Technology Working Group.  Laura has previously worked at EF Education First and at Google in a variety of positions including Director of Library Partnerships for Book Search, Google’s initiative to make all the world’s books discoverable and searchable online. Laura started her career in documentary film and multimedia and in strategy consulting for internet businesses.  She is a graduate of Harvard College and has a MBA from Harvard Business School. Laura is thrilled to be returning to the board of DPLA!

Jennifer 8. Lee

Jenny 8 LeeCEO and Co-Founder of Plympton

Jennifer 8. Lee is the CEO and co-founder of Plympton, a literary studio that focuses on digital innovation. A former New York Times journalist, she is also the author of “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles” (Twelve, 2008) and the producer of “The Search for General Tso,” a documentary which premiered in the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. She was on the launch team of Upworthy and was a lead judge in the Knight News Challenge. Jenny also serves on the boards of the Center for Public Integrity, Hacks/Hackers, the Nieman Foundation and the Asian American Writers Workshop, in addition to the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Committee. Among the projects she has helped launch are Recovering the Classics, a crowd-sourced book cover for public domain classics; NewsDiffs, which tracks changes in online articles after they have been published; Spark Camp, a weekend convening of interesting people around themes; and News Foo (now Newsgeist), a leading journalism un-conference. She graduated from Harvard, where she was vice president of The Harvard Crimson, with a degree in applied math and economics.

Katherine Maher

Katherine Maher Executive Director, Wikimedia Foundation

Katherine Maher is the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia and its sister projects. She is a longtime advocate for free and open societies, and has lived and worked around the world leading the introduction of technology and innovation in human rights, good governance, and international development. Katherine has worked with UNICEF, the National Democratic Institute, the World Bank, and Access Now on programs supporting technologies for democratic participation, civic engagement, and open government. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Human Rights and a fellow at the Truman National Security Project.

Mary Minow, Secretary

Advanced Leadership Initiative fellow at Harvard University and Legal Scholar on Issues that Impact Libraries

Mary Minow is an advanced leadership initiative fellow at Harvard University and is a Presidential Appointee to the board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. She has also worked as a consultant with libraries in California and across the country on copyright, privacy, free speech and related legal issues. She most recently was counsel to Califa, a consortium of California libraries that set up its own statewide ebook lending service. Previously she was the Follett Chair at Dominican University’s School of Library and Information Science. Current and past board memberships include the Electronic Privacy Information Center, the Freedom to Read Foundation and the California Association of Trustees and Commissioners (Past Chair). She is the recipient of the first Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom award and also received a WISE (Web-based Information Science Education) award for excellence in online education when she taught part time at San Jose State University.

Niko Pfund

Niko PfundGlobal Academic Publisher of Oxford University Press, and President of Oxford University Press, USA

Niko Pfund is the Global Academic Publisher of Oxford University Press, and President of Oxford University Press, USA. A graduate of Amherst College, he began his career at Oxford in 1987 as an editorial assistant in law and social science before moving to New York University Press in 1990. At NYU Press, he was an editor and then editor in chief before becoming director in 1996. He returned to Oxford in 2000 in the role of Academic Publisher and is responsible for oversight of the Press’s scholarly and research publishing across the humanities, social sciences, science, law, and medicine, spanning the Press’s offices in Oxford, New York, and Delhi. A frequent speaker on publishing, scholarship, and media, he has given talks at the Library of Congress, the World Bank, George Washington, UNC, Fordham, Oberlin, USC, Yale, UT-Austin, NYU, MIT, Princeton, Williams, Columbia, Amherst, and many other institutions, as well as at a variety of scholarly conferences and publishing institutes. In 2012 he was named a Notable Person of the Year by Publishers Weekly.

Denise Stephens

Denise StephensVice Provost and University Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis

Denise Stephens was appointed the Vice Provost and University Librarian at Washington University in St. Louis in July 2017. In this role, Stephens manages the University Libraries’ nine locations, the system’s vast archives and special collections, and more than 150 professional and support staff. Before joining Washington University, Stephens served as university librarian at University of California at Santa Barbara for five years. Her background includes a broad range of leadership and management roles related to the intersection of evolving information resource strategies and scholarship in the academic environment. She has actively participated in implementing digital library initiatives and service programs in research university libraries for 20 years. In addition to her current position, she has held leadership roles at Syracuse University, as Associate and Acting University Librarian, and the University of Kansas, where she served as Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer. Early in her career, she helped to launch transformative spatial data services among emerging digital library programs at the University of Virginia. Stephens has a BA in Political Science and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of Oklahoma.


  • Sarah Burnes
  • Cathy Casserly
  • Paul Courant
  • Robert Darnton
  • Laura DeBonis
  • Luis Herrera
  • Jamie Hollier
  • John Palfrey
  • Amy Ryan
  • Siva Vaidhyanathan

Open Board Calls

The Board of Directors holds an open conference call quarterly. The board will strive to host at least one in-person meeting per year (or video-enabled web conference for those who can’t make it).

These calls are open to the public, as per DPLA’s Open Meetings Guidelines. Agendas and dial-in information for the public portion of Board calls will be posted here. Notes from past calls can be found below and in Historical Materials.

Call-in information for Board calls
Join by computer:
Join by phone: 646-558-8656 or 669-900-6833
Meeting ID: 158 997 961

Public Board Meeting Schedule


Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 12:30pm CT – in person meeting at DPLAfest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 1:30-3:00pm ET


Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 1:30-3:00pm ET
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 1:30-3:00pm ET
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 1:30-3:00pm ET

Notes from past Board calls


January 15, 2019


January 9, 2018
April 16, 2018
July 10, 2018


March 15, 2017
June 15, 2017
September 15, 2017

Find notes from previous Board calls in Historical Materials.