VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION STAFF
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.
Ann Byczko, Manager of Philanthropy
Ann is a dedicated, creative, and resourceful fundraising professional with a passion for learning and collaborating. Through her roles at Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and Arts Umbrella, she has more than fifteen years of experience working with major, individual, grant and corporate giving and in securing significant government contributions. Ann has also served as the Board Chair of Turning Point Ensemble. She takes pride in connecting donors to organizations through nurturing relationships that are established with care, kindness, transparency, and consistency.
Ann is honoured to work at the VPLF, raising funds to help build an informed, engaged, and connected city – a place where everyone feels valued and included.
Flannery May, Manager, Operations and Reporting
Flannery is responsible for both the strategic and day-to-day operations of VPL Foundation. She has worked at charitable organizations across Canada and the US since 2012 on causes ranging from conservation to healthcare. Flannery takes pride in leveraging operational excellence to advance social change and she deeply believes that we are stronger together. She is thrilled to work at VPLF and support the critical role of libraries in free and fair societies.
Casey Dela Cruz, Individual Giving Officer
Casey works with the 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.
Martha Bell, Community Giving Officer
Martha is passionate about increasing child literacy and equal access to education, having seen first-hand the positive impact of guided reading through her volunteer work in an elementary school. Within the foundation, Martha works with annual donors and organises community events. She has a background in both fundraising and sales, with a focus on events, corporate giving, and relationship building.
As an avid user of VPL since emigrating to Vancouver from the UK, Martha is grateful each day to be working at VPL Foundation. As a natural empath, she enjoys connecting with supporters who share a passion for the fundamental role that VPL plays in our community.
Rebecca Jackson-Harrop, Manager, Communications
Rebecca is a storyteller for the Foundation. Her favourite part of her role is connecting with other library lovers to share stories about how their neighbourhood branch supports them in learning, growing, and staying connected.
Rebecca found her second home at VPL’s Central branch in 2015 when she became a volunteer board member for the Friends of the VPL and then joined the Foundation team a year later. She is passionate about libraries as a place of belonging, freedom, and inspiration for everyone in her community—something she is delighted to now share with her own children. Rebecca has an MA in English Literature and experience in education, volunteer engagement, and writing.
Please reach out to Rebecca if you would like to support VPL by sharing your library story!