President and Leadership
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.
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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.
Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries
William P. Kelly is The New York Public Library’s Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries, responsible for NYPL’s four research centers and their 460 staff members.
His responsibilities include collection strategy, acquisition, and accessibility; researcher engagement; preservation; long-term and short-term fellowships; and taking a lead role in important research initiatives such as the recruitment of new curators, renovations, and preserving and expanding the use of the most democratically accessible of research collections. The Mellon Director is also a national voice on the direction of humanities research in general.
Kelly began his tenure at NYPL in January 2016. Previously, he was interim chancellor of the City University of New York, chairman of the Research Foundation of the City University of New York, and spent eight successful years as the president of the CUNY Graduate Center. Kelly is the current chairman of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. His scholarship includes Plotting America’s Past: Fenimore Cooper and the Leatherstocking Tales and (under contract) Astoria: John Jacob Astor, the West, and the World. He has written numerous articles for a variety of journals, newspapers, and magazines.
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).
Interim Chief Branch Library Officer
In October 2018, Caryl Matute was appointed as Interim Chief Branch Library Officer with full oversight of the Library’s 88 circulating libraries.
Matute has been an employee of the Library for 20 years, beginning her career as a librarian trainee in the Bronx, then 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, following a complete overhaul of the branch library system, 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, following her success as a neighborhood library network manager, Matute was tapped to become the new head of Mid-Manhattan Library (reopening in 2020 as the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library). There she was tasked with developing and implementing strategic operational efficiencies and collaborating with key stakeholders to manage the integration of staff, collections, and services into the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building as well as visioning the needs associated with staffing, users, and physical space for the future renovated building. Matute has a Bachelor’s Degree in Literature and Social Sciences from the University of the West Indies and a Masters in Library Science from the Pratt Institute. She is a member of the American Library Association serving as a committee member on the Library Leadership and Management Association, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, and the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table.
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 departments, including Finance and Investment, Human Resources, Capital Planning and Construction, Facilities Operations, 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.
Chief External Relations Officer
Carrie Welch was appointed to the newly created role of NYPL’s Chief External Relations Officer in September 2014, overseeing the Development, Communications and Marketing, Revenue and Alliances, and Public Programs departments.
Welch came to the Library from the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where as the first senior vice president for external relations, she transformed IRC’s funding model, increasing annual revenue by about 200 percent. She also vastly grew the audience for IRC’s work and built a leading and innovative digital presence. She was instrumental in reinvigorating this important institution and its brand.
Prior to her time at IRC, Welch served as the first executive vice president of global communications at Lowe and Partners, in charge of internal and external relations. She was also vice president for communications at Time Inc. where she helped launch CNNMoney.com and several of their branded conferences, including co-chairing FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women Summit. Welch had a long and varied career at Time Inc., primarily at TIME and TIME International. She spent several years living overseas in Europe and Asia and she traveled extensively.
Welch serves on the board of the Women’s Refugee Commission and Stranger’s Guide. She graduated magna cum laude with a BFA from New York University
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.