President and Leadership

"" Tony Marx

President & CEO

Anthony W. Marx is President of The New York Public Library, the nation’s largest library system, with 88 neighborhood libraries and four scholarly research centers. Since joining NYPL in 2011, Marx has strengthened the Library’s role as an essential provider of educational resources and opportunities for all ages. Under his leadership, the Library has created new early literacy and after-school programs for children and teens, dramatically increased free English language classes and citizenship support for immigrants, and improved services for scholars and students who rely on the Library’s world-renowned research collections. Under Marx, the Library has also become a national leader on bridging the digital divide through its efforts to increase access to e-books, expand computer classes and coding training, and a groundbreaking program that provides home internet access to families of low-income students. Before joining the Library, Marx served as president of Amherst College from 2003 to 2011, during which time he tripled enrollment for low-income students. Before Amherst, Marx was a political science professor and director of undergraduate studies at Columbia University. Marx has a BA from Yale, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a PhD, also from Princeton.

Contact information:

Anthony W. Marx, President president@nypl.org
Senior Executive Assistant 212-930-0098

 

Tony Ageh Tony Ageh

Chief Digital Officer

Tony Ageh is The New York Public Library’s Chief Digital Officer, responsible for the institution’s ongoing digital transformation and its visionary work in making its collections and services as accessible as possible.

Ageh comes to the Library from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London where he held a variety of leadership positions since 2002 and managed over 300 staff members. His accomplishments include the development and implementation of the BBC’s internet strategy, which grew its web traffic from 2 million users per day to over 25 million over a five-year period, and the creation and implementation of the BBC iPlayer (an internet streaming catch-up television and radio service for people in the United Kingdom), which has delivered over 10 billion programs to the British public and on average receives 10 million requests per day.

Most recently, Ageh acted as controller of the BBC’s Archive Strategy, making their substantial archives of radio, television, images, and documents—and by extension British culture and creativity—increasingly accessible to the public in the UK and beyond.

In 2015, Ageh was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen, for services to digital media.

 

"" Brian Bannon

Merryl and James Tisch Director of Branch Libraries and Education

Brian Bannon is The New York Public Library’s first-ever Merryl and James Tisch Director. Bannon is the chief librarian responsible for directing NYPL’s 88 neighborhood branches, as well as the Library’s educational strategy. Most recently, Bannon was commissioner and chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Library, serving as chief library officer for one of the largest urban public library systems in the world. Bannon came to NYPL in 2019 with 20 years of experience in developing and implementing educational programs and leading large-scale operations that maximize impact for all citizens and contribute to a culture of learning, reading, and community learning. Before his successful tenure in Chicago, Bannon was Chief Information Officer at the San Francisco Public Library, and worked at the Seattle Public Library and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He has been recognized as an innovator throughout his career: amongst many other accolades, he has been named to Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” list, and was named one of Chicago’s top 100 innovators by Blue Sky Innovation, a publication of the Chicago Tribune. Bannon received his bachelor of arts from Pacific Lutheran University and his master’s degree in library and information science from the University of Washington Information School.

 

Michele Mayes Michele Coleman Mayes

Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary

Michele Coleman Mayes is Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for The New York Public Library). Mayes joined NYPL in August 2012 after serving as executive vice president and general counsel for Allstate Insurance Company from 2007 to 2012. She served as a senior vice president and the general counsel of Pitney Bowes Inc. from 2003 to 2007 and in several legal capacities at Colgate-Palmolive from 1992 to 2003. In 1982, Mayes entered the corporate sector as managing attorney of Burroughs Corporation. After Burroughs and Sperry Corporation merged, creating Unisys Corporation, she was appointed staff vice president and associate general counsel for Worldwide Litigation. From 1976 through 1982, she served in the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant United States attorney in Detroit and Brooklyn, eventually assuming the role of chief of the Civil Division in Detroit. Mayes received a BA from the University of Michigan and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School.

Mayes served on the Presidential Commission on Election Administration under President Obama from 2013 to 2014. She was as chair of the Commission on Women in the Profession of the American Bar Association from 2014 to 2017. In 2015, she became a fellow of the American College of Governance Counsel. In August 2016, she was elected to the Board of Directors of Gogo Inc. (NASDAQ: GOGO).

 

Color photo headshot of Brent Reidy. Brent Reidy

Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries

Brent Reidy is The New York Public Library’s Interim Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries, responsible for NYPL’s four research centers and their 460 staff members, 45 million collection items and approximately 4 million annual visitors. His purview includes collection strategy, acquisition, preservation, and access, while also serving as a national voice on the direction of humanities research.

Reidy’s work has focused on the digital transformation of the research experience; since 2019 he has led the Digital Research team responsible for digitization, digital preservation, access for the library’s research collections. Under Reidy’s leadership, the library has doubled its digital storage, launched a digitization strategy focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and renegotiated its contract with Google to increase access to hundreds of thousands of digitized books.

Reidy began his tenure at NYPL in May 2017 as Deputy Director, and later Interim Executive Director, for the Library for the Performing Arts. He was previously a Senior Consultant at AEA Consulting, a global management consulting firm focused on the cultural sector. Reidy holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a PhD from Indiana University.

 

Color photo headshot of Sam Rubin. Sam Rubin

Chief of Staff

Sam Rubin is the Library's Chief of Staff. He serves as a strategic advisor and partner to the President and is responsible for library-wide strategic planning, cross-functional initiatives, goal-setting, data analysis and reporting, and internal and external communications. On behalf of the President, Rubin drives alignment across NYPL leadership, the Board, external partners, and other key stakeholders to ensure that the Library continually delivers on its core objectives. He leads the Communications & Marketing as well as the Strategy & Public Impact teams.

Rubin began his Library career in 2012 in the Strategy office, moving to the President’s Office a year later. He received a BA from Brown University and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, focusing on Turkey and Ottoman History.

 

"" Iris Weinshall

Chief Operating Officer & Treasurer

Iris Weinshall is The New York Public Library’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the Library’s expense and capital budgets, its $1 billion endowment, and all construction projects across the system’s three boroughs. Additionally, she has oversight over the Library’s operational and outreach departments, including Finance and Investment, Human Resources, Capital Planning and Construction, Facilities Operations, Communications & Marketing, and Government Relations.

Prior to this role, Weinshall served as the vice chancellor of facilities planning, management, and construction for the City University of New York, where she was responsible for overseeing the university’s multi-year capital construction program across 24 campuses in the five boroughs. She served as commissioner of New York City’s Department of Transportation from 2000 to 2007 and was responsible for all daily operations, including the agency’s expense and capital budgets, both totaling well over $100 million. Weinshall also served as first deputy commissioner of the New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services, and deputy commissioner of management and budget for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection.

She graduated cum laude from Brooklyn College and has a master’s degree in public administration from New York University.

 


 

Geetanjali Gupta

Chief Investment Officer

Geetanjali Gupta joined The New York Public Library as the Chief Investment Officer in February 2018. Prior to joining the Library, Ms. Gupta was a Senior Vice President of Absolute Return and Public Market Funds with the Harvard Management Company for more than 10 years and helped manage portfolios valued at more than $15 billion across a wide array of asset classes globally. Earlier in her career, she worked for Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Division. Ms. Gupta graduated from Harvard University with a B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics, and received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and J.D. degree from Harvard Law School.

 

Gesille Dixon

Vice President, Branch Programs & Services

Gesille Dixon is the Library’s Vice President of Branch Programs & Services, responsible for developing and executing a strategic vision for the creation, expansion, and continuous improvement of learning initiatives, programs, outreach, and services offered by two key departments: Youth Programs & Services and Adult Programs & Services. Additionally, Dixon is responsible for managing a staff of over 100 educational and outreach professionals and a significant program budget.

Dixon started her Library career in 2000 at Woodstock Library as a Librarian Trainee. Since then, she has served in positions of increasing responsibility, from a Senior Librarian to a Library Manager, where she was recognized with the 2006 New York Times Librarian Award. From there, she became a Library Network Manager in charge of a dozen branches, and in 2016 she was tapped to serve as the Bronx Borough Director, in charge of all 35 branches. In 2019, she was awarded the Sloan Public Service Award. Prior to being named Vice President, Dixon served as Senior Director, Branch Programs & Services. 

Gesille holds a Bachelor’s Degree in the School of Education for Therapeutic Recreation Management from the University of Connecticut, a Master of Library Science degree from Queens College. In 2018, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations at Baruch College.

 

Risa Honig

Vice President, Capital Planning & Construction

Risa Honig was appointed The New York Public Library’s Vice President of Capital Planning and Construction in 2015. A member of the American Institute of Architects with over 30 years of architectural experience, Honig manages a robust portfolio of Library design and construction projects with a capital budget of over $500 million. Prior to her appointment at the Library, Honig worked for 10 years at the City University of New York as an assistant director in the Department of Design, Construction, and Management. There, she was responsible for the management of professional staff overseeing the long-term planning, design, and construction of capital projects on multiple CUNY college campuses and CUNY central offices. Before that, she worked in the private and public sector, including 1 3 years at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Honig received her BA in architecture and a master's of architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a licensed architect.

 

Caryl Matute

Vice President, Branch Libraries & Patron Services

Caryl Matute is Vice President of Branch Libraries & Patron Services, overseeing staffing, operations, and services at all of the Library’s neighborhood branches, including the flagship circulating branch the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). Matute began her long, successful career at the Library in 1998 as a Librarian Trainee in the Bronx, progressing through the ranks as a Children’s Librarian, Branch Library Manager, Manhattan Borough Specialist for Children’s Services, and Bronx Borough Specialist for Teen Services. In 2007, Matute was appointed to a newly created position of Neighborhood Library Network Manager where she had overall responsibility for the branch libraries in northern Manhattan and subsequently in lower Manhattan.

In 2013, Matute became the new head of the Mid-Manhattan Library, now known as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), where she developed and implemented strategic operational efficiencies and led the team through a period of extremely high attendance and circulation. She also led the branch through a transformative renovation: both collaborating with stakeholders to envision and develop a programmatic plan that met the needs of staff and patrons in the new space, and executing plans to temporarily operate the branch out of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building during construction. In October 2018, Matute also held the position of interim Chief Branch Library Officer and, most recently, Senior Director, Branch Libraries and Patron Services.

Matute has a BA and post graduate diploma from University of the West Indies, and a Masters in Library Science from Pratt Institute.

 

George Mihaltses

Vice President, Government & Community Affairs

Appointed Vice President of Government and Community Affairs in 2009, George D. Mihaltses acts as The New York Public Library’s liaison with elected officials and their staffs at the federal, state, and city levels. His responsibilities include planning, developing, and implementing strategies for sustaining and increasing government support of the Library and its programs. During his tenure, the Library has seen public expense and capital funding reach historic levels. Mihaltses also led the development and implementation of the library's Building for You community outreach program, connecting the NYPL more deeply with the communities it serves. 

Mihaltses previously served as chief of staff to New York City Council Member Peter F. Vallone, Jr., Chairman of the Council’s Public Safety Committee. He was responsible for managing all aspects of the office’s daily operations, including legislation, budget, communications, and constituent services. Additionally, he was responsible for handling the office’s land use and zoning matters and assisted in the preparation of Public Safety Committee hearings. Active in the community, Mihaltses serves on Community Planning Board 11 in northeast Queens as a member of the Zoning and Budget Committees. He also serves as a board member of the Astoria Performing Arts Center and HANAC, the largest Greek-American social services organization in the country.

Mihaltses has a BA from Fordham University, where he graduated summa cum laude, and a JD from St. John's University. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and the National Jesuit Honor Society.

 

Angela Montefinise

Vice President, Communications & Marketing

Angela Montefinise is the Library’s Vice President of Communications & Marketing, responsible for developing, executing, and leading all public relations, marketing, and integrated communications efforts and strategies to generate awareness and usage, promote the institution’s mission, staff, and collections, and support key institutional priorities.

A lifelong New Yorker, Montefinise began her career at the Library in 2010 as the Media Relations Manager following a decade in the New York City news media at newspapers such as the New York Post. Over time, she took on additional Communications disciplines, and now manages media relations, digital marketing (email and social media), advertising, content creation (including podcast and video), internal communications, design, and editorial.

In her decade-plus at the Library, Montefinise has been a creative storyteller, developing innovative, impactful ideas that generate worldwide attention. She has worked collaboratively with stakeholders across the institution to handle thought leadership, crisis communications, and internal communications, and has played a key role in all major communications projects, including the creation of campaigns to support public and private fundraising, library card sign-ups, new readers, awareness in hard-to-reach communities, and usage. Under her guidance, the Library’s reach has grown exponentially: media reach has increased 10-fold, flagship NYPL social media platforms have over 4 million collective followers, and the Library’s email list has well over 1 million subscribers.

 

Terry Neal

Vice President, Human Resources

Terrance “Terry” Neal was appointed Vice President of Human Resources in October 2018.  Neal has been tasked with championing, collaborating, and innovating on a broad range of Human Resources disciplines, including talent acquisition, employee relations, labor relations, performance management, compensation management, employee engagement, learning, benefits and wellness management, and information systems. He works closely with leaders on aligning the Library’s strategy of More People Reading More Working Together to the HR vision and ensuring this alignment extends to all aspects of people management.

Neal began his journey at the Library in March 1994 as a page in the Human Resources Department. Since that time, he has progressed through the ranks serving as a labor relations assistant, human resources associate, senior human resources manager, and director of employee/labor relations and talent acquisition. Throughout his career, Neal has had the opportunity to grow, learn, and refine his craft as a respected, knowledgeable, and trusted HR professional.  He has successfully negotiated numerous union contracts, counseled all levels of staff on countless HR matters, developed a solid team of HR business partners and talent acquisition partners, and most recently created and launched the popular Dialogue on Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Identity series. 

Neal is also an Adjunct Professor at his alma mater—Baruch College, where he earned his Bachelor's in Business Administration and Executive Masters in Industrial Labor Relations/Human Resources. Lastly, he is an active mentor with the National Association for African Americans in Human Resources.

 

Fay Rosenfeld

Vice President, Public Programs

Fay Rosenfeld is The New York Public Library’s Vice President of Public Programs, charged with developing and implementing a comprehensive program designed to enlighten and engage the public in the work and mission of The New York Public Library. This includes strengthening current NYPL programming, collaborating with staff to develop new programs, identifying and engaging new audiences, and more.

Rosenfeld started at the Library in 2016. Prior to her arrival, she worked as senior director of programs and chief operating officer at the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, an institution that she helped launch and build into one of the city’s premier spaces for dialogue around history, public policy, and human rights.

Rosenfeld graduated cum laude from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a BA in international relations and received a JD cum laude from NYU Law School. She is a native of Montreal, Canada.

 

Shannon Sharp

Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer

Shannon Sharp is The New York Public Library’s Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Treasurer, responsible for financial strategy and resource management. Sharp oversees budgeting, accounting, reporting, procurement, insurance, banking, debt management, payroll, and all financial operations. Her team administers the Library’s balance sheet of over $2 billion, more than $300 million in operating expenses across 92 locations, and a portfolio of multi-year capital expenditures.

Sharp came to the Library from the Brooklyn Museum, where as CFO she led a cross-functional team's creation of a new operating model, with an engaging special exhibitions program at its core. She raised the quality and clarity of the museum’s internal and external financial information, including the early adoption of sweeping new accounting standards, archival endowment research, and implementing new budgeting, expense, and endowment management software. Throughout her prior career in public finance investment banking, Sharp has helped mission-driven organizations access the capital markets, structuring asset-backed financings for affordable housing, as well as educational and cultural financings. Earlier, she worked for the City of New York to improve the stock of affordable housing through loan and grant programs.

She earned a BA in Public Policy at Brown University and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Jadrien Steele

Vice President, Development

Jadrien Steele was appointed Vice President of Development at The New York Public Library in 2016. In this capacity, he oversees all private fundraising efforts for the Library, including Individual Giving and Major Gifts, Foundations, Corporations, Special Events, and Planned Giving. As a department within a public/private partnership, Development plays a critical role in helping support the Library's annual budget of over $330 million.

Steele joined the Library in 2006 as a member of the Individual Giving team and has served in various leadership roles since, including campaign gift officer and senior director of development. Prior to joining the Library, Steele spent six years as a talent agent at ICM Partners.

Steele graduated cum laude from Princeton University and has an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. He is also the author of two novels for young adults.

 

Garfield Swaby

Vice President, Information Technology

Garfield Swaby is the Library’s Vice President of Information Technology, responsible for the planning, implementation, operation, and stewardship of Library technology systems and services. These include the staff and public computers, the digital and digital repository infrastructures, cybersecurity, networking, and telecommunications services, on-premise and cloud data centers, cloud platforms and related technology infrastructure, workforce applications, and administrative systems.

Swaby started his Library career in 2001 as the Product Manager of the Library's former email system. In 2008, he was promoted to steer the Library's entry into cloud computing for workforce technologies. Seeing his success in this area, Swaby was later tapped to become the Director of Enterprise Solutions. In this role, Swaby provided strategic and operational leadership related to the design, development, and implementation of the Library’s enterprise systems, technology service management, and productivity tools. In 2016, he was named Senior Director of Information Technology.

Garfield's tenure as Senior Director of IT has been characterized by a solidifying of traditional IT operations, transformative innovation, and partnership-based service delivery. Some of Swaby’s most notable accomplishments include automating all critical paper-based processes across the Library, incorporating AI and machine learning, securing credit card industry compliance for the Library and maturing its cybersecurity operations, and enabling the relatively smooth transitions for staff and Library operations into the pandemic lockdown and back to the "new normal."

He earned a BBA in Finance & Insurance at Howard University's School of Business and is completing a Master's Degree at the Hartford Seminary.