Foundation applauds appointment of Yazmin Mehdi as Library Trustee

The Seattle Public Library Foundation congratulates Yazmin Mehdi on her appointment to The Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees.

“We are thrilled to have another committed Library champion as a Trustee,” said Foundation CEO Jonna Ward. “Yazmin has a long history with the Library, including working with us at the Foundation. Throughout her career, and as a supporter, she has demonstrated her passion for equitable access to services and technology, particularly for immigrants and refugees. We could not be more excited to continue working with her to expand Library access for everyone in our city.”

Below is the full press release from the Library on Ms. Mehdi’s appointment:


Yazmin Mehdi has joined The Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees. She was appointed by Mayor Bruce Harrell, and her appointment was approved by the City Council today.

“I’m so pleased Yazmin will lend her perspective, talents, and leadership to one of our city’s most valued assets – The Seattle Public Library,” said Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell. “As we strive for innovative and equitable access to learning opportunities and resources, I know she will be an excellent addition.”

“We could not be more thrilled that Yazmin will join the Library Board,” said Chief Librarian Tom Fay. “She has impressive leadership and strategic experience not only in nonprofits and city government, but also with the Library itself. We are thankful to Mayor Harrell for this expeditious appointment.”

Mehdi has 18 years of experience in public policy and public service, most recently as Interim District Director for Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal. Previously, she worked at the City of Seattle as a senior fiscal and policy analyst within the City Budget Office and later as a special assistant to the Mayor for Arts and Culture. She worked at The Seattle Public Library in the early 2000s as special assistant to the Chief Librarian, and at The Seattle Public Library Foundation as director of Community Programs and Events.

In her volunteer work, Mehdi has served on the boards of Town Hall, the Seattle Board of Parks & Recreation Commissioners, University Prep and many other organizations.

Mehdi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies from Harvard University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan.

The five-member Library Board of Trustees is the governing body of The Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 branches. The board controls Library finances and property, sets Library policy and employs the Chief Librarian. Board members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Board members are volunteers and serve five-year terms.

Mehdi replaces Kristi England, who served on the Library Board for 10 years.