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Meet Executive Director of Core, Kerry Ward

Meet Executive Director of Core, Kerry Ward

Kerry Ward is the Executive Director of the American Library Association’s new division, Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures. Kerry has been at ALA for over 20 years. He started in the old trustees division (now United for Libraries), moved on to LLAMA, and recently has served as director for ALCTS as well.

His career has been in nonprofit management, and he’s most interested in how associations must innovate to remain relevant. Kerry lives on the far north side and walks his greyhound, Murphy, at the beach every morning. Yes, even in January.

He’s passionate about travel, and he and his partner, Rob, are looking forward to the day we can all get on planes again. In the meantime he’s working on Core, ship models, and mixing the perfect martini.


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