About

The El Cerrito Library Foundation is a community-based, non-profit organization developing support for creating and maintaining a modern public library in El Cerrito that will meet the learning, cultural, and recreational needs for persons of all ages. We believe that a great community library cannot be created with public funding alone.

The Foundation’s strategic objectives:

  • The Foundation is raising private funds to support vibrant programming, materials, and new and refurbished equipment at the current El Cerrito Library.
  • The Foundation is raising funds to purchase needed equipment and materials for a new library that cannot be purchased with construction bond funds. 
  • The Foundation has established a Permanent Endowment Fund to provide perpetual support for El Cerrito Library programs, equipment, and services.

Please see How to Donate for details.

Foundation Board Meetings

The Foundation Board meets quarterly on the fourth Monday of January, and the third Monday of April (there is no meeting on April 20, 2020), July (Tues, July 21, 2020), and October. During CONVID-19 we meet virtually in Google Meet. We meet at El Cerrito Royale, 6510 Gladys, El Cerrito, in the 3rd floor Community Room at 7pm. The meetings are open to the public. 

If you are interested in coming to a meeting, please contact us first to confirm the date, time, and receive a private link to the Google Meet session.

El Cerrito Library Foundation Bylaws (PDF)

Foundation officers 2019-2020

  • President- Al Miller
  • Vice-President – Tom Rogers
  • Financial Officer – Marlene Keller
  • Secretary – Gary Pokorny

About the board members

Mark Figone is a proud third generation El Cerrito native. He is also the third generation owner and President of East Bay Sanitary, which has provided waste management services to the City of El Cerrito since 1940.  He is a long-time active member of the El Cerrito Chamber of Commerce and the El Cerrito Rotary Club.

Mary Ann Jawili is a library, bicycling, and birding enthusiast who has lived in El Cerrito since 2008. When she’s not checking out new books at the library, riding bikes with her friends, or spotting new birds at the El Cerrito Hillside Natural Area, she works as a frontend software engineer at Salesforce. She loves the role that libraries play as centers of learning and community building, and she is passionate about supporting the El Cerrito community through improving its public libraries.

Marlene Keller grew up in Richmond and attended CCC and UC Berkeley.  As a volunteer with the El Cerrito Library, a member of the Friends of the El Cerrito Library and a board member of the El Cerrito Library Foundation, she hopes to encourage everyone’s lifelong learning and joyful exploration in the magical environment of a new El Cerrito library that will be a great community center.

Tracey Logan has lived in El Cerrito since 2017. She has 2 step-daughters in El Cerrito schools and a little one at home. She spends her days leading technology for the West Contra Costa Unified School District.  With a lens for innovation and creativity, she is excited to nurture and expand a library environment that inspires all community members to explore, learn, and grow.

Alan C. (Al) Miller and his wife, Barbara, have lived in El Cerrito since 1979. He retired from the Navy, with the rank of Captain, in July, 1985, after serving for 26 years. Since then, Al ran a tutoring center at El Cerrito High School for five years, served on several city commissions and committees and has  served as a Director of the Stege Sanitary District since 1985. He became a Life Member of the NAACP, and a member of the El Cerrito Branch of the NAACP, in 1990.

Kateryn Ochoa has lived in El Cerrito since 2012 and graduated from El Cerrito High in 2019. She served a term as a student representative on the West Contra Costa Unified School District Board of Trustees and served on the District’s Local Control Accountability Parent & Student Committee (DLCAPS) for 2 years as the El Cerrito High School representative. Kateryn now attends Contra Costa College and proudly brings a youth perspective to the Board of the El Cerrito Library Foundation.

Tom Panas serves on the boards of, and is the Treasurer of, the Richmond Emergency Food Pantry, the El Cerrito Historical Society, and the Friends of the El Cerrito Library. He has lived in El Cerrito since 1975. He is on the steering committee of the El Cerrito Community Garden and of the Friends of Topaz, and a member of the West Contra Costa Unified school board.

Gary Pokorny is a long-time resident of El Cerrito. He was City Manager of El Cerrito from 1989 to 2000. He recently retired as City Manager of Walnut Creek where he helped that community build a new library that opened in 2010.

Amy Rogers has lived in El Cerrito since 2000. She is an eLearning librarian. She envisions a beautiful upgraded community library that will become the pride and joy of El Cerrito.

Thomas Rogers has lived in El Cerrito since 2000. He is a retired professor of communications and has taught at UC Berkeley, UC San Diego and San Jose State University.

Honorary Board Members

An Honorary Board Member contributes in an advisory capacity on the Board, but has no voting privileges.

Heidi Goldstein – Senior Community Library Manager. She has lived in California since 1999 and currently lives in Richmond. She has been a librarian for over ten years, first in a private arts college and then for Contra Costa County. 

Michael A. Fischer – El Cerrito Library Commissioner. He is a lifelong (except for four years) resident and native of the East Bay and has lived in El Cerrito since 1998.  He served as a senior attorney for the California Administrative Office of the Courts for nearly 37 years prior to his retirement.  In addition to the El Cerrito City designated member of the Contra Costa County Library Commission, he is a member of the El Cerrito Civil Service Commission and a legislative policy analyst for AARP.