Meet Our Staff

Meet our staff members who are working hard everyday to help ensure that libraries can continue to serve their communities.

John Chrastka, Executive Director

EveryLibrary’s founder is John Chrastka, a long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate.  Mr. Chrastka is a former partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities.  He is a former president and member of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – 2015) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Prior to his work at AssociaDirect, he was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA). He is a member of ALA as well as the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). He as named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and tweets @mrchrastka.

Patrick Sweeney, Political Director

Patrick Sweeney is a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries. A 2007 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences, Mr. Sweeney is the former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and was Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library propositions.  He was awarded Library Journal’s “Movers and Shakers” award in 2015 for his library advocacy work. He is co-author of “Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding” as well as “Before the Ballot; Building Support for Library Funding.” He was recently recognized with a “40 Under 40” award by the American Association of Political Consultants for his work fighting for libraries at EveryLibrary. He is a lecturer at the San Jose Information School where he teaches courses on politics and libraries. He is active across social media as PC Sweeney.

Jill Leonowicz, Director of Special Projects

Jill Leonowicz is an income development professional with 20 years of experience at organizations such as The Horticultural Society of New York, St. Jude's Children Research Hospital, and most recently, the American Cancer Society. There, Jill was the National Director for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, implementing innovative strategies to help local teams raise $65 million annually. She resides in Ossining, NY with her husband and two sons, Mercer (13) and Easton (8). Jill loves baking, running (to offset the baking), and is looking forward to traveling again.