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. John 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. He is co-author of “Before the Ballot; Building Support for Library Funding.” and “Winning Elections and Influencing Politicians for Library Funding”. Prior to his work at AssociaDirect, he was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA) and a co-founder of the Ed Tech startup ClassMap. He was 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, Patrick 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.

Peter Bromberg HeadshotPeter Bromberg, Associate Director

Peter has over 30 years of experience applying a human-centered approach to the transformation of library services, creating value and positive experiences for people and communities while fostering healthy, equitable, and effective organizational climates. As a library advocate on local, state, and national levels, he coaches and consults with library leaders, boards, grassroots groups, and associations to develop effective messaging and build strong community and political support for library funding. As a library director in Salt Lake City, Peter applied an equity lens to board development, operations, and policy development, garnering a Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Public Administrators (ASPA) for his work in eliminating inequitable barriers to service. Peter tweets at @pbromberg and is on BlueSky at

Ashley Stewart, Campaign Strategist 

Ashley is a seasoned campaigner with success running for office and supporting libraries on the ballot. She is the former Director of the Caseyville (IL) Public Library District, where she managed staff, community partnerships, and financials. Since 2021, she has served as an elected Township Trustee for Collinsville, IL, with fiduciary, policy, and strategic responsibilities for this local government unit, and sits on the Madison County Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Advisory Council. She has a Masters of Social Work from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Ashley is a Social Work Advisor to PLA, the Public Library Association, is a sought-after speaker at library conferences and is a frequent guest lecturer for MLS/MLIS programs across the country. 

Martha McGehee, Project Manager

Martha provides extensive project management support across EveryLibrary's various activities and campaigns, most notably as Series Editor for our Medium magazine for the public. She holds a Master's Degree in Library and Information Sciences from UNC-Greensboro where she was Graduate Research Assistant for the HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living in Libraries) Research Grant. She has served as Secretary/Treasurer of the NCLA Library Advocacy and Legislation Section and has interned for Cornelia Anderson Consulting. She began her tenure with EveryLibrary as a research and policy Intern.