VLA Executive Director Selected for ALA Policy Corps

Lisa R. Varga, VLA's Executive Director, has been selected to participate in the inaugural class of the American Library Association (ALA) Policy Corps. President Jim Neal announced the 12 library and information professionals selected to participate in the Corps, which aims to develop a cadre of experts with deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals.

The ALA Policy Corps is being launched as part of Jim Neal’s presidential initiatives in collaboration with the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL), Public Library Association (PLA), United for Libraries and the ALA Washington Office (WO).

Varga has been VLA's Executive Director since 2011. She is a member of the International Council of Library Association Executives of ALA and the Virginia Society of Association Executives. She served on the ALA Chapter Relations Committee and attended the ALA Leadership Institute in 2015. Varga has presented at the ALA Chapter Leaders Forum, the American Library Association Annual Conference, and the Texas Library Association Annual Conference. Before taking on her current role at VLA, she was a volunteer for the organization. She worked at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library for nine years, first as a Youth Services Librarian and then as a Human Resources and Staff Training Coordinator. Varga received her MLS from Rutgers University.