Brian Bannon

Brian Bannon

Brian Bannon currently serves as Commissioner & CEO of the Chicago Public Library. Bannon was appointed to the position by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012. Under Bannon’s leadership, CPL has been recognized as a top U.S. urban library and has won a number of awards and accolades, including the National Medal for Museum and Library Service and being named the best urban public library in the United States. Prior to his role at CPL, Brian held a variety of leadership positions with the San Francisco Public Library, Seattle Public Library, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Brian’s board service experience includes READ Global, Illinois Humanities, Forefront, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries, and recently joined the board of the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. Brian has a BA from Pacific Lutheran University and a MLIS from the University of Washington and was named a 2017 Henry Crown Fellow by Aspen Institute.