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     
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.
MPL Trustees

Charles Evans      
Partner and Director
Marietta Investment Partners

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
Michael, Best & Friedrich 

Matthew Lueder      
Managing Partner
Northwestern Mutual

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

Jamshed Patel
Foley & Lardner     

Nancy Roos      
Community Volunteer 

Mary Sprague
Community Volunteer 

Margy Stratton
Executive Producer
Milwaukee Reads 

Shannon Sweek
President, Friends of MPL

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

Ryan E. Daniels                                  
Executive Director
(414) 286-8703

Kristine Petersen
Director of Donor Relations
(414) 286-8720

Patricia Swanson
Deputy Director
(414) 286-3066

Hanna Fogle
Database & Research Manager
(414) 286-3016

Sylvia Dawson
Grants and Development Specialist
(414) 286-3784

(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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