Mayor Eric Garcetti appointees to the city’s Board of Public Library Commissioners features some new members, including Bich Ngoc Cao of Silver Lake. Cao is an online marketing and social media expert who has worked for such companies as Warner Bros. Records and on several philanthropic projects. Now, she will bring her online skills and experience to the library commission, which oversees the library department.
How did she end up on the library commission? Cao explains that she and Garcetti have over many years discussed their shared passion for literacy and libraries:
As a child, my appetite for books was insatiable. My parents used to drop me off at the local library in lieu of getting me a babysitter because that’s where I wanted to be. On a personal level, library books brought me joy and wonder. On a grander level, I believe the public library provides the base for a democratic and free society in which anyone has the opportunity to grow up to be successful. More recently, my husband Jason designed and built a Little Free Library for me to share books with our neighbors because he understands and shares my love for libraries.
I have great respect for the services of the Los Angeles Public Library, and I look forward to meeting and working with my fellow colleagues on the commission. As a digital marketer and technology evangelist, I’d like to work on improving and expanding our e-media services to the public.
Cao and the other library board members – Gregory Bettinelli, Mai Lassiter, Josefa Salinas and Rita Walters – are appointed by the mayor to five-year terms and are confirmed by the City Council. Click here for more information about the commissioners.