Welcome to the VPL Foundation

VANCOUVER PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION STAFF

Jenny Marsh (she/her), 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 six to raise funds for VPL collections, programs, services and spaces through major and community giving programs.

Outside of her role at VPLF, Jenny currently serves as Chair of the board of the Vancouver Farmers Market Society. 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.

604-312-6919
jenny.marsh@vplf.ca

Ann Byczko (she/her),  Senior Manager, 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.

 

604-331-4041
ann.byczko@vplf.ca

Casey Dela Cruz (he/him), 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 only grew during his time as an employee of the public library system in his hometown of Regina, Saskatchewan.

604-331-4110
casey.delacruz@vplf.ca

Ceclia Piano (she/her), Manager, Finance and Administration

Cecilia‘s extensive experiences in various finance roles at Langara College and Vancouver Community College honed her skills, providing a strong foundation for her current role overseeing finance and administration at the Vancouver Public Library Foundation. Leveraging her CPA accreditation, Cecilia ensures the foundation adheres to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility. Transparency and strategic financial planning are at the forefront of her team’s commitment to supporting the foundation’s mission. By developing robust management reports, Cecilia facilitates informed decision-making that strengthens our community’s educational resources.

Cecilia‘s dedication extends beyond the workplace.  She actively serves as a Social Director for the CPABC Burnaby/New Westminster chapter, planning events that foster professional networking and collaboration within the accounting community.  This passion for learning and connection reflects the positive influence libraries have had on her life.  Cecilia credits the nurturing environment that libraries provided for her success in obtaining her CPA designation. Libraries offered her a quiet space to study and the resources she needed to achieve her academic goals.

604-312-3286
cecilia.piano@vplf.ca

Rebecca Jackson-Harrop (she/her), 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!

Stephanie Yu (she/her), Community Giving Officer

Stephanie comes from a long line of work in non-profit organizations and social justice activism. She holds an MA in Humanities, where she specialized in social theory and continental philosophy. Her insatiable curiosity and enthusiasm to learn has inspired a life-long dedication to exploring new ideas. Not only has the Vancouver Public Library played a pivotal role in her intellectual pursuits, but it has also served as an invaluable source of warmth and community.

Stephanie was previously on the board of Room magazine, Canada’s oldest feminist literary journal. She is dedicated to supporting and uplifting marginalized voices in literature and fostering safe, inclusive, accessible spaces for all.

In her position as Community Giving Officer, Stephanie builds a profile and base of community donors through online marketing, events, direct response, and data analysis. She is excited to integrate her passions into her role and to contribute to all that the library has to offer.

604-830-8114

stephanie.yu@vplf.ca