Nominee REFORMA Treasurer
Statement of Purpose
Dear REFORMA Board Members and Chapter Representatives and REFORMA Members:
I began by public librarian career with the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) 23 years ago. During that time, I have been privilege to indulge in my passion to serve the Spanish-speaking residents of Los Angeles for 17 years as a branch manager and as the manager of Central Library’s International Languages Department. For the last six years, I have had the opportunity to train a new generation of public librarians to serve the diverse cultures of Los Angeles as the Training Development Manager.
I have been a very quiet REFORMA member since 2012. I have kept up-to-date on REFORMA’s activities through my REFORMA colleagues and supporting my more active REFORMA colleagues behind the scenes. Several months ago, one of my REFORMA colleagues suggested that I run for treasurer after I told her I was the past president of the La Ballona Valley Bromeliad Society and the current treasurer. Over the last six years through both volunteer and professional work, I have gained additional experience in budgeting and bookkeeping. Furthermore, I acquired formal financial management training in creating and managing for-profit and non-profit budgets when I obtained my M.B.A in Organizational Leadership in 2014.
I believe I can offer a strong financial skill set and high ethical business standards to aid in the growth of REFORMA over the next several years. As treasurer, I will work with the fund-raising committee and the Board to ensure transparency; up hold REFORMA’s by-laws; assist Chapters and the Board with financial questions; encourage members to voice creative ideas on organizational growth; and most of all, to encourage best practices in creating library services and aiding professional and para-professional staff to meet the library needs of the Latino community across the nation.
With kind regards,
Gloria Grover, M .L.I.S., M.B.A.
Training Development Manager Los Angeles Public Library