Our Mission


The mission of Milwaukee Public Library Foundation is to provide essential support through private contributions for books, materials, programs, and library facilities to ensure the Milwaukee Public Library's continued standing as a great library responsive to community needs.

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation supports critical resources instrumental in providing inspiration and opportunity for all who rely on the library to improve their daily lives. Because of your support, Milwaukee Public Library is a source of knowledge, empowerment, and enrichment; offered to every citizen walking through its doors—for more than 2 million annual visitors.

Board of Directors

Since 1988, Milwaukee Public Library Foundation's Board of Directors has been led by community leaders who value the library, and today continue their vision of generating private-sector support to supplement tax-based funding. The result has been improved collections, expanded programs, enhanced services, and renovated buildings. The credit for the foundation's impact belongs mainly to the people of Milwaukee. Over the years, thousands of generous individuals, corporations, and foundations have demonstrated their deep commitment to the Milwaukee Public Library by donating to the foundation.

Foundation Board of Directors

Dan Renouard, Board President     
Managing Director     
Robert W. Baird & Co.

James Kornfeld, Board Vice President
President & CEO
PAX Holdings, LLC 

Matthew Simon, Board Secretary
Senior Vice President – Commercial Banking
BMO Harris Bank NA

Eve Romersi, Board Treasurer     
Partner
Scribner Cohen

Nancy Hernandez, Past President
President of the Hispanic Collaborative
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce

David Baum
First Vice President, Investments
Wells Fargo Advisors

Dr. Michele Bria, Ph.D.
President
MPL Trustees

Barbara Franczyk      
President
Friends of MPL

Franklyn M. Gimbel       
Founding Partner
Gimbel, Reilly, Guerin & Brown 

Scott Haag
Community Volunteer      

James Hyland
Vice President, Communications, Public and Government Affairs
Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.   

Bradley Kalscheur
Partner
Michael, Best & Friedrich 

Robert Mlynarek
Vice President of Finance
Milwaukee Regional Medical Center, Inc.  

Jamshed Patel
Partner
Foley & Lardner     

Mary Sprague
Community Volunteer 

Margy Stratton
Executive Producer
Milwaukee Reads 

Distinguished Directors
Laurence Compton
Arthur Harrington
Barbara Stein
David V. Uihlein, Jr.

Ryan E. Daniels                                  
Executive Director
(414) 286-8703
redanie@mpl.org

Kristine Petersen
Manager of Annual Giving and Events
(414) 286-8720
kapeter@mpl.org

Patricia Swanson
Director of Philanthropy
(414) 286-3066
pjswans@mpl.org

Hanna Gichard
Development Asst / Data Specialist
(414) 286-3016
hlgicha@mpl.org

Sylvia Dawson
Grants and Development Specialist
(414) 286-3784
sydawso@mpl.org

(414) 286-3784 | (414) 286-2794 fax
foundation@mpl.org | friends@mpl.org

Please make checks payable to:
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation
814 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233

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