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New president, CEO named at Fort Worth Public Library Foundation

The Fort Worth Public Library Foundation has hired a new president and CEO.

On Monday, the foundation’s board of directors announced Andrea Ash will take on the leadership role.

Ash formerly served as the vice president of financial development at the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.

The foundation supplements public and private funding support for educational programming, buildings, and infrastructure improvements at the Fort Worth Central Library.

“I am honored to be joining such a passionate and dynamic team where I can combine my expertise with my passion of life-long learning for the purpose of serving the Fort Worth community,” Ash said in a press release.

A Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), Ash also has a master’s degree in public administration from DePaul University in Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in communications and political science from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

The foundation initially started in 1993 to fund urgent needs in the Central Library. So far, the foundation has contributed over $9 million to the library system.

“On behalf of the board, we are thrilled to welcome Andrea to the Foundation”, said Jennifer Henderson, chairman of the board. “Both the Foundation and the Fort Worth Library will flourish with her ability to take on new and diverse approaches to building awareness and funding to our establishments.”

Ash will be the third CEO in the foundation’s history, following former President and CEO Leslie Oliver’s departure. Tom Turner had served as the interim CEO and president during the transition phase.

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