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.
Michael Parchinsky, Chief of Staff
Michael is a young professional looking to make a difference in the world. Although he is not from the library world, he is dedicated to fighting for libraries and every person's right to access information. Mike first developed a love for libraries in his pre-teen years when he spent hours playing MVP Baseball 2004 in their video game room. Eventually, he got to the rest of the library and developed a great love of reading and learning about history.
After graduating from Adelphi University with a Bachelors in Communications, Michael joined our team and has been an advocate for out of the box thinking in all of our programs.
Jennifer Griffin, Production Coordinator
Jen’s passion for libraries began as a teenager, working as a page at a public library in her New Hampshire hometown. She earned an Associate Degree in video production at Southern Maine Community College and made a move out west. As a production coordinator for a boutique studio in Los Angeles, Jen spent 3+ years learning the ins and outs of video storytelling. She then spent 6 years as an inventory manager at LUSH Cosmetics’ Vancouver, BC headquarters.
Recalling her love of libraries, Jen decided to come full circle. She is currently pursuing a diploma in Library & Information Technology at Langara College, expecting to graduate in the spring of 2021. As the Production Coordinator, Jen is excited to apply her diverse set of skills to develop educational content to further the EveryLibrary mission.