2014 Eureka! Leadership Institute Mentor: Margaret Donnellan Todd
Appointed as County Librarian on May 1, 2001, by the County Board of Supervisors, Margaret Donnellan Todd leads the largest public library system in the United States. The County of Los Angeles Public Library operates 85 community libraries in the unincorporated areas of Los Angels County and in 50 of the County's 88 cities. The library serves 3.5 million residences, offering a collection of over 7 million items.
Mrs. Todd launched her library career with the County of Los Angeles Public Library in 1978. Mrs. Todd has been Assistant Director of the City of Orange Public Library and the Director of the Whittier Public Library from 1989-2001.
Mrs. Todd earned a Masters degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Southern California and a Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. Her Bachelor's degree is in History, from Whittier College. Mrs. Todd is Past-President of the California Library Association.
Mrs. Todd served as the Co-Chair of the successful Yes on Proposition 14 Campaign. Mrs. Todd currently serves on the Comprehensive Education Reform Committee (Probation youth).
In addition to her work with CLA, Mrs. Todd is a member of the American Library Association, the Public Library Association, Beta Phi Mu, Phi Alpha Theta, Urban Libraries Council, Los Angeles Rotary, Soroptimist International, and numerous civic organizations.