City Librarian Appoints Maureen Singleton as San Francisco Public Library Chief Operating Officer


Monday, August 19, 2019

Contact: SFPL Public Affairs (415) 557-4277





Singleton has served as Acting COO since March 2018

San Francisco, CA – San Francisco City Librarian Michael Lambert today appointed Maureen Singleton to serve as San Francisco Public Library’s Chief Operating Officer (COO). Singleton, formerly the Library’s Chief Financial Officer, has served as Acting COO since March 2018.

During her tenure, San Francisco Public Library has witnessed an unprecedented period of success and sustained excellence, from the completion of the Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP), achieving National Library of the Year honors in 2018 and most recently with the Library achieving the highest overall grade (A-) ever bestowed upon any department of city government in San Francisco. Singleton also provided the financial case to the Board of Supervisors to enable the Library to eliminate overdue fines.

“I am thrilled to be promoting Maureen Singleton to serve as the Library’s first ever Chief Operating Officer,” said Lambert. “Maureen is mission driven, a careful steward of the community’s resources and passionate about the myriad opportunities to positively impact the lives of city residents through library services.”

Singleton is a 17-year veteran of the City and County of San Francisco, getting her first experience with city government career as a budget analyst for the Board of Supervisors’ Budget Analysts Office. She also worked for the city’s Department of Public Health, the Public Library and the Public Works Department. She was appointed Chief Financial Officer at San Francisco Public Library in 2011.

“I am honored and excited to serve as the Library’s Chief Operating Officer and to be able to work alongside staff who are dedicated to making a difference. I firmly believe that libraries are centers of our communities, providing access to information, creating opportunities, and serving as a rising tide to lift up our society,” said Singleton.

A native San Franciscan, Singleton began her career in public service as a case worker in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s office. She holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington, Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She lives with her husband and daughter in the East Bay.

About San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community. The library system is made up of 27 neighborhood branches,the San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center and four bookmobiles.

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