COLUMBUS—Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) has hired Kelly Stevelt as Director of Development & Affinity. She begins her role at CML on Monday, July 20.
As Director of Development & Affinity, Stevelt will be responsible for overseeing the library’s fundraising efforts and serving as liaison to the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation and Friends of the Library.
A Logan, Ohio native, Stevelt received her Master of Arts degree in Arts Policy and Administration from The Ohio State University. She currently serves as Director of Development and Alumni Relations at the University of Maryland.
Prior to her work at the university, Stevelt served as Senior Director of Development for the American Alliance of Museums in Washington, and in various development roles at The Ohio State University Foundation. She also previously served as Deputy Director of OSU’s Urban Arts Space.
“Kelly’s experience is undeniable, as is her passion for the arts and her proud Buckeye roots,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “We know she will bring this breadth of expertise to her role at CML and we look forward to the further success she’ll bring to our fundraising efforts.”
CML’s previous Director of Development & Affinity, Donna Zuiderweg, left in January 2015 to pursue an opportunity at the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium. CML Director of Marketing Gregg Dodd has been serving a dual role as Interim Director of Development, a title he will relinquish when Stevelt begins in her new position.
Columbus Metropolitan Library has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like Homework Help Centers, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Club and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college readiness and employment resources.
CML was named a 2011 National Medal Winner by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for work in community service, the highest honor for libraries and museums. Columbus Metropolitan Library has been rated a 5-Star Library by Library Journal for seven of the eight years the magazine has published its industry ratings.