Dionne Mack-Harvin began her career at Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) in 1996 as a librarian at BPL’s Crown Heights branch. Today Ms. Mack-Harvin is executive director of the library system, becoming the first African-American to hold this position and to head a major public library system in New York state.
As executive director, Ms. Mack-Harvin oversees BPL’s 60 libraries serving the 2.5 million people of Brooklyn. Prior to her appointment, she led the library system as interim executive director and chief of staff.
During her three-year tenure, Ms. Mack-Harvin has introduced numerous initiatives to usher BPL into the 21st century, including completion of Brooklyn’s newest cultural destination, the Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture; opening of BPL’s new African-American Heritage Center; and launching of a partnership with global delivery company UPS to modernize the daily transport of thousands of library materials between BPL’s 60 locations and the hands of the organization’s customers.
Ms. Mack-Harvin serves on the board of directors for the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the New York State Regents Advisory Council on Libraries. In 2008 she was named one of Crain’s New York Business 40 Under 40 leaders in the business world.
Ms. Mack-Harvin received a bachelor’s in history and African-American studies from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a master’s in Africana studies and a master’s of library science from the University at Albany.