Brian Bannon

Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library

As the Commissioner for the Chicago Public Library, Brian Bannon is responsible for leading Chicago’s 79 libraries that serve the 2.6 million residents of Chicago. Prior to this role, Brian held a variety of Leadership positions within the San Francisco Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In 2009, Brian was honored as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and was a Public Library Association Fellow at the Wharton Business School. Brian is very active in work related to information access, public technology, and the digital divide. He earned his BA from Pacific Lutheran University and an MLIS from the University of Washington iSchool

Rhona Frazin

President and CEO of the Chicago Public Library

Rhona Frazin has served as President and CEO of the Chicago Public Library Foundation since 2004. In a non-profit career spanning four decades, Rhona has led advancement efforts for Metropolitan Family Services, The John Marshall Law School, The Nature Conservancy and Goodman Theatre. She has chaired or spoken at a number of Association of Fundraising Professionals conferences and been a guest lecturer on non-profit management at Northwestern University, University of Illinois, Urban Libraries Council, and the Alliance for Children and Families. An honors graduate of the College of Communications at the University of Illinois-Urbana, Ms. Frazin has served on a number of non-profit Boards of Directors and is a founding director of Girls in the Game