February 3, 2005


Cindy Freidmutter Takes Helm as BPL's Chief Fundraiser

Brooklyn, NY, February 2, 2005 - Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has appointed Cindy Freidmutter President of the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation, effective February 28, 2005. A lifelong Brooklyn resident, Ms Freidmutter has been an advocate for affordable housing, accessible health care, adoption and improved educational services throughout her professional life.

"We are delighted to welcome Cindy as the new President of the Brooklyn Public Library Foundation," said Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of Brooklyn Public Library. "The Foundation's important fund-raising work helps BPL buy books and provide programs and services at your library. Cindy has the leadership skills and fund-raising know-how to help us continue the good work that we do for the people of Brooklyn."

Brooklyn Public Library Foundation, established in 1997, provides major support to enhance one of the nation's great public library systems. The Foundation provides financial support to help the Library promote the principle of free and open access to information and knowledge by raising significant private support for BPL collections, programs, capital projects and endowment.

Ms. Freidmutter has been successful in bringing together diverse constituencies to collaborate on developing programs that improve the quality of people's lives, while also raising the funds to implement them. Most recently, Ms. Freidmutter served as Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs for The Educational Alliance, a multi-service, not-for-profit settlement house in New York City, increasing its public and private funding.

Prior to that, Ms. Freidmutter was Executive Director of the Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute where she reengineered the organization to take a leadership role in national law reform and policy development. Ms. Freidmutter was the former President and CEO of Managed Care Innovations, Inc., a managed care organization for adult Medicaid recipients with psychiatric disabilities. As Director of Housing Development at the New York State Office of Mental Health, she developed a variety of innovative housing and support programs, and helped raise the most substantial infusion of new public funding for these services in decades.

Ms. Freidmutter has been a consultant to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the New York Community Trust and many other foundations and not-for-profit organizations.

Cindy Freidmutter is a graduate of Brooklyn College and New York University School of Law, and has completed post-graduate fellowships at Columbia and Harvard Universities.

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