(Lakewood, Colo. – April 6, 2015) Jefferson County Library Foundation (JCLF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jo Schantz, MNM, CFRE, of Golden, Colo., to the position of executive director, effective April 6, 2015.
Schantz brings more than 20 years of senior-level experience in management, fundraising and communication to the position. Most recently, she was the development manager for Community Educational Outreach, a Jefferson-County-based nonprofit that assists low-income adults and others in gaining access to education, career and life-training skills. Prior to that, she held leadership positions in a number of nonprofit and other organizations, including the following: executive director, Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance; chief development officer, Veterans Green Jobs; special projects manager, Colorado State University Extension; senior development officer, Griffith Centers for Children, Inc.; vice president of events and educational services, Apartment Association of Metro Denver; director of development, Colorado Humanities; vice president of development, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc.; and fund development director, Girls Incorporated of Metro Denver.
“This is a dream come true for me,” said Schantz. “Throughout my professional career, I have been passionate about nonprofits that are focused on literacy, education and life-long learning. This is an exciting opportunity for me to make a difference in the lives of Jefferson County residents by increasing community support for library services.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Jo to the Library Foundation,” said Tami Bandimere Shrader, president, JCLF. “She brings a wealth of expertise and experience in fund raising, volunteer management, community outreach and nonprofit leadership – all of which will help us to grow and prosper.
“We have ambitious goals to increase corporate and foundation support of library programs, and to build an endowment to ensure our long-term sustainability and success,” Shrader continued. “We look forward to working with Schantz to achieve these goals.”
A magna cum laude graduate of Metro State University of Denver with a bachelor's degree in English/journalism, Schantz also earned a master's degree in nonprofit management at Regis University. In addition, she has completed certification programs in marketing and public relations from the University of Colorado at Denver and Red Rocks Community College, respectively. She serves on the Jefferson County Community Services Advisory Board, and is a member of the West Chamber serving Jefferson County, the Leadership Jeffco Alumni Association, and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Schantz succeeds Natalie Martinez, who resigned from the foundation in December 2014.
About Jefferson County Library Foundation
The Jefferson County Library Foundation and Friends work to support and enrich the capabilities, resources and services of Jefferson County Public Library through fundraising and advocacy efforts that benefit the community. The Friends of Jefferson County Public Library is a county-wide organization dedicated to enhancing the programs and resources of our libraries. For more information, visit jeffcolibraryfoundation.org.