Shippen Page, President
Shippen has practiced law in Cambridge since 1979 where he has also been an engaged supporter of the growth and success of several well recognized local nonprofits over the past 35 years. Shippen’s enthusiasm for CPL is evident from his willingness to serve as President of the Foundation Board, and his ready avowal that he “loves Cambridge Public Library!”
Betsy Rudnick, Vice President
Betsy served as the Director of Development at South Africa Partners and as a Philanthropy Officer at Tufts Medical Center. Before that she worked at early stage technology companies. A Cambridge resident since 1972, Betsy values the vital role of public libraries in fostering lifelong learning and providing a platform for democratic values. She is honored to work with committed Board colleagues to help expand the reach of the Cambridge Public Library.
Katie Lapp, Treasurer
Katie, in her role as the Executive Vice President of Harvard University, is responsible for the financial, operational and administrative endeavors of the University. She was pleased to join the CPLF Board in 2016, given the pivotal role the library plays in the lives of so many Cambridge residents, and feels honored to serve on the CPL Board alongside such “outstanding and committed colleagues.”
David Sandberg, Secretary
David owns Porter Square Books in Cambridge. Previously, David practiced law for about 30 years, including 14 years as General Counsel of ITA Software in Cambridge until its sale to Google in 2011. He is involved in several local non-profits, including serving as Board Chairman of the Actors' Shakespeare Project, as a board member and sometime drama director of the North Cambridge Family Opera and as co-founder of the Porter Square Books Foundation, which promotes literacy in local schools. David’s love of the Cambridge library system intensified when his daughters became regular visitors to the West Cambridge Branch Library.
Ed loves libraries and thinks that they are among the most important public services a community provides. He has been a private investor and consultant for early-stage technology companies since 1996. Prior to that, he held a series of executive positions at Ziff Davis, Lotus Development, Microcom, and Data General. He and his wife, Laura Roberts, have lived in Cambridge for 30 years, and are the enthusiastic curators of one of the city’s first Little Free Libraries.
Jill is a Marketing, Communications, Public Relations and Development professional who has helped gain support and recognition for organizations. She recently published the evocative words of her daughter, who lived with cancer for nine years, in Sing Every Morning: An Inspirational Guide to Take on Your Life’s Journey. Jill’s fondness for libraries is, in part, fueled by the experience of her Dad who, at a young age living in a poor district in the segregated South, gained fluency in French and German by frequenting the local library, underscoring Jill’s belief that libraries can level the playing field for all!
Cathy is Executive Director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science at Harvard University, and a 20-year resident of Cambridge. Previously, she was the publisher of Harvard Magazine, and a director of business development for The New York Times. She has loved libraries since first learning to read after joining a summer book club in Garden City, New York, as a 7-year old. Her favorite book of all time is Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth.
Donna, Founding President of the CPL Foundation, provides invaluable support to ensure the Library's continuing position as a key resource for all Cambridge citizens. Her many years as the owner of Donna Davis Associates, an HR Executive Search, in Greater New York City, has provided her with the depth of experience and critical know-how to help staff the CPL Foundation Board; and her many years of Marketing expertise, in both the private and nonprofit sectors, is of inestimable service to the work of the Foundation.
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and now lives in Cambridge. After earning a MFA degree from Cornell University, Díaz published his first book Drown in 1996. In 2007, he published his first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, followed, in 2012, by This is How You Lose Her. Díaz is a creative writing professor at MIT, and Fiction Editor at The Boston Review: A Political and Literary Forum. His enthusiasm for CPL emanates from his belief that it is one of the finest public libraries in the world.
Amy is founder of Domini Impact Investments and a resident of Cambridge for 35 years, is an investment advisor with a focus on investments for social and environmental progress. She is the author, or co-author, of four books on that subject, including Socially Responsible Investing: Making a Difference and Making Money (Dearborn Trade, 2001). Amy’s affection for libraries was ignited when, as a child in Newtown Connecticut, she was able to convince the Cyrenius H. Booth Library to allow her to withdraw five books instead of the recommended three.
Susan was Director of Libraries for the City of Cambridge from 1993-2016. During her celebrated tenure, she initiated public access to the Internet, free public computers, electronic resources and e-readers. Under her leadership, library use increased and the Main Library was expanded. She is former President of the Massachusetts Library Association and was selected by the American Library Association as an outstanding library advocate of the 20th century. Susan is an outspoken advocate for free public libraries, open access to information, intellectual freedom, and confidentiality of library records. She earned an MLIS from Simmons, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.
Debbie is the founder and Executive Director of the Boston Book Festival. Previously, she reviewed books for publications including Kirkus Reviews and WBUR, and once started and ran a nonprofit that provided summer internships for inner city youth. Deborah believes that libraries are central to our culture and she is proud to support the Cambridge Public Library.
Anne is a lawyer and president of Lighthouse Global Consulting, a strategic consulting firm that advises foundations and for-profit and nonprofit organizations--in the United States and around the world--on how to advance social and environmental change through grantmaking and impact investing. She is a bibliophile who grew up spending much of her time in the library. Her other favorite library is a one-room collection in South Chatham, MA (open two afternoons a week). Anne and her family live in Cambridge.
Stan is a lawyer whose law practice focuses on merger, acquisition and general corporate work, primarily for privately-held companies. He was born at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge and has lived continuously in Cambridge since 1980. His interest in libraries derives from a lifelong interest in reading and the wonderful experience his three children (now adults) had at the Cambridge Public Library. As a member of the Board, Stan’s goals are to enhance the experience of Library patrons, and to expand the Library’s range of services, so that its benefits are extended to as many Cantabrigians as possible.
Janet Axelrod, ex officio
Janet has served as Chair of the Cambridge Public Library’s Board of Trustees for nearly 20 years. Her love of libraries emanates from her first encounter with the neighborhood Bronx storefront branch, which she associated with the small, brightly colored squares of gum her mother bought from the penny vending machine just outside. She soon discovered even greater treasures waited inside, and has been an enthusiastic patron of libraries ever since. Janet has lived and worked in Cambridge since 1974. Her children, graduates of Cambridge Public Schools, are also avid readers who recognize the value of libraries
Maria McCauley, ex officio
Maria is the Director of the Cambridge Public Library is an elected Councilor of the American Library Association. She comes to the CPL from Santa Monica, CA where she served as Director of Libraries. Maria has also worked for the Somerville Public Library and the libraries at Northeastern University. Her research has been published in College & Research Libraries and Library Management Portal. Maria describes the Cambridge Public Library as a “learning, creative and sharing space for everyone, where knowledge and skills are attained, people are welcomed, and dreams are realized.”
Susan Hartnett, Special Advisor
Susan previously served as: Director of the Cambridge Center for Adult Education; Director of the Mayor’s Office of the Arts (Boston); Director of the Boston Center for the Arts; and Program Officer for the Massachusetts State Arts Council. She is a former consultant for the Boston Society of Architects, ACT Roxbury, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Pew Trust; and the Boston Redevelopment Authority; and has been a dedicated user of the Cambridge Public Library for more than 30 years; and a volunteer for its Adult Literacy program since 2009.