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NBPL Foundation Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation (NBPL Foundation) is pleased to announce the hiring of Meg Linton as its new Chief Executive Officer.  Ms. Linton brings a vibrant new energy to the Foundation, backed by over 20 years of leading and stewarding cultural institutions, non-profits, and academic arts programs. She will steer the nonprofit in its efforts to fund valuable library resources, programs and services, and engage the community through the creation and sponsorship of diverse literary, cultural, and intellectual programs.

According to Cathy Voreyer, Chair of the NBPL Foundation’s Board, “Our goal was to find a leader who understands the history as well as the vision of the Library Foundation, and who can propel us into the next decade with strong leadership and thought-provoking ideas. We are confident that Ms. Linton is that leader.”

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Linton was the Executive Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (formerly the Contemporary Arts Forum), Director of Galleries and Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and Executive Director of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  She grew up in Newport Beach and fondly recalls her childhood memories visiting the Newport Beach Public Library.  Ms. Linton completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at California State University, Fullerton, obtained a Certificate in Museum Leadership from The Getty Leadership Institute in Los Angeles, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of California, Irvine.

Peter Keller, President of the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, says “Ms. Linton is highly skilled and knowledgeable, a person who will be a powerful addition to the Orange County community.”

Ms. Linton’s appointment follows the hiring of Kunga Wangmo-Upshaw as the Foundation’s new Director of Programs.

“I am thrilled to be appointed CEO of the Foundation and look forward to working closely with Kunga, the Staff and Board of Directors to accomplish the organization’s worthwhile objectives,” says Meg Linton.

As a non-profit organization, the Newport Beach Public Library Foundation depends on its members and sponsors to achieve its objectives in support of the Library.  Join for the upcoming Witte Lectures featuring Amy Walter: The Objective Political Picture – Orange County, California and the Nation, March 8 & 9 and Joel Sartore: Photo Ark – The Groundbreaking Effort to Document Vanishing Species, April 12 & 13.  For more information, visit http://nbplfoundation.org/content/The-Witte-Lectures.html or contact KUpshaw@newportbeachca.gov or (949) 717-3818.

About Newport Beach Public Library Foundation

The Newport Beach Public Library Foundation is a 501(c) 3 that provides critical support to the Newport Beach Public Library resulting in a cutting-edge intellectual sanctuary, diverse public programs, and reliable resources for those seeking to learn and flourish.  Members of the NBPL Foundation gain access to all things smart and ensure that the library can continue to be the best place of discovery for all.  The Witte Lectures, one of the NBPL Foundation’s leading programs, brings renowned speakers to the Library and provides the public a forum for ideas and conversation about the environment, geopolitics, science, technology, economy, the arts and humanities, and other relevant issues of our times. For more information, visit: www.nbplfoundation.org or follow us @NBPLFoundation on Facebook and Instagram.

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