Welcome to the VPL Foundation


Jenny Marsh

Jenny Marsh, Executive Director

Jenny has been a fundraising professional since 2008, working as a major gifts fundraiser in the Faculties of Medicine and Science at UBC prior to joining the VPL Foundation in 2013. She is passionate about connecting people to causes they care about and contributing to a thriving social-impact sector. In the role of Executive Director, Jenny leads a team of five fundraising professionals to raise funds for VPL collections, programs, services and spaces through major and community giving programs.

Jenny serves on the board of the Vancouver Farmers Market Society, participating in the Governance & HR committee and occasionally helping out at markets.  She loves collaborating and brainstorming with fundraising colleagues across many sectors and particularly at public libraries, which support, sustain and enrich arts & culture, social service, and education in the communities they serve.


Tristan Klassen, Director of Development

Tristan leads major gift fundraising and planned giving at the Vancouver Public Library Foundation. He joined the Foundation with 16 years of experience working with local, regional, national and international nonprofits in the areas of major gifts, community and annual giving, marketing and special events. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nonprofit Studies from Mount Royal University.


Sarah Bourgeois

Sarah Bourgeois, Donor Relations & Events Specialist [maternity leave]

Sarah takes care of most of the behind-the-scenes operations of the VPL Foundation, from database management and reporting to event logistics. She loves communicating with others about the magic of VPL and sharing gratitude with VPLF donors. Sarah‘s administrative talents are complimented by enthusiasm for the work of the Foundation, and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Ottawa where she got her start in the world of fundraising.

Rebecca Jackson-Harrop, Development Officer [maternity leave]

Rebecca is the Development Officer for the Vancouver Public Library Foundation and manages the annual and mid-level giving programs. She loves to connect with the library lovers that support VPL and share stories across the Foundation’s platforms about how their giving is making a difference at VPL.

Rebecca found her second home at VPL’s Central branch in 2015 when she joined the board of the Friends of the VPL as a volunteer and then the Foundation a year later. She has an MA in English Literature and has experience in education, volunteer engagement, and writing.

Rebecca Jackson
Casey Dela Cruz

Casey Dela Cruz, Coordinator, Community Giving

Casey works with the annual, mid-level and monthly giving programs at the VPL Foundation. Before joining the Foundation team, he worked with local nonprofit groups in special events and marketing. As a frequent library user himself, Casey has a love and appreciation for libraries that that only grew during his time as an employee of the public library system in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan.


Rachel Van Andel, Development Coordinator

Rachel works as the Development Coordinator and is responsible for providing strategic support to the VPLF team, Foundation Board and Committees and is often the first point of contact for donors. As an avid reader, Rachel is not only passionate about books, but also about providing free resources and services to children, families and adults in our city. Prior to her role with the Foundation, Rachel has worked at various non-profit organizations across the Lower Mainland in fundraising administration after completing her Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University.


Rachel Van Andel