People have been at the epicenter of who we are, why we do what we do, and how we achieve our mission year after year. 

Through the years we have seen customers become members, members become volunteers, and volunteers become board members.  

The photo above is of the historic Julia Ideson Building at 550 McKinney in Downtown Houston. Ms. Ideson was one of the vital pioneers and leaders of our Houston Libraries, whose energy and talents knew no bounds. It is because of leaders like her, readers like you, and a leadership team like those listed below that her vision and ingenuity continue to live on.

Friends of hpl Operating Committee


Debbie Hall 

Judy Hoya

Hao Nguyen 

Kathy Williams 

Committee Officers

Lauren Guillerman, Chairperson

Paul Chapman, Vice Chair 

Chris Kiklas, Treasurer 

Jeanette Margle, Secretary 

Houston public library foundation Staff

Sally Swanson, CFRE, Executive Director | Email

Rose Hinojosa, Marketing and Events Director | Email

Erica Green, Development Director | Email

Avis L. McCray, Philanthropy Coordinator | Email

Amy Felan, Friends of HPL Volunteer and Operations Coordinator | Email

Mona Fluitt, Interim Accountant | Email


Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, Director of Libraries