New officers elected to lead Greenwich Library trustees, valuing ‘the center of information it has always been’

GREENWICH — The new head of the Greenwich Library board said she has fond memories of bringing her young children there for story times and mommy-and-me programs.

“I am thrilled to join the conversation about the future of the library,” said Peggy Edersheim Kalb, “and I hope that together we can make the library mean so much to this community at future as it has done in the past.”

Kalb, who has been a trustee since 2018, is editor-in-chief of Yale Alumni Magazine — a full move after a long career in print and broadcast journalism after graduating from Yale in 1986.


She was elected president at a meeting of trustees in May, according to a statement from Kate Petrov, public relations manager for the Greenwich library. Other elected officers were Hank Ashforth, first vice president; Diana Seaton, second vice-president; Philip Lochner, secretary; Ian Murray, Treasurer; and John Blankley, member-at-large.

Ashforth has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2017 and is Executive Vice President of The Ashforth Company.

“Our family has been involved with Greenwich Library for many generations,” said Ashforth, “and it is important that the library remains the center of information that it has always been.”

Seaton has been a trustee since 2020 and executive director of the American Friends of the Victoria and Albert Museum. She said she treasures her memories of time spent in the library looking for books and attending events, but she also remembers “gathering with friends and family during the blackouts. from the city”.

Lochner, who has been a director since 2016, was senior vice president and chief administrative officer of Time Warner until his retirement in 1998.

“Like many public institutions, the library can only thrive and fulfill its mission with the support of the City of Greenwich and all who use it,” he said. “I hope to contribute in a modest way to its success.”

Murray, who has been a director since 2018, is a managing partner at investment firm Peak Ten Capital. The Greenwich native said he remembers spending childhood afternoons at the library.

“With the growth of the internet and mobile digital content, the role of libraries is changing,” Murray said. “The Greenwich Library is advanced in its reflection on these changes and intends to transform itself in order to maintain its position as an important institution and community centre.”

Blankley, who has been a director since 2019, is the CEO of IT consulting and systems integration firm Flagship Networks Inc., which he founded in 2000.

“A library is the essential repository of human knowledge and culture and there is no better example than Greenwich Library,” said Blankley.

The board elects four new directors

Four new Trustees were also elected to serve on the Greenwich Library Board at the annual Friends of Greenwich Library meeting in May. Rosario Brooks, Michael Freitag, Pete Schwartzstein and Sonal Seth will each serve a three-year term.

“We are thrilled to welcome such esteemed members of the community to the Board of Directors,” said Kalb, Chairman of the Board. “They each possess the thought, insight and leadership ability essential to community organizing, and we know they will make a valuable contribution to the future of the library.”

Rosario Brooks is Principal of Greenwich Spanish School, which she founded in 2010 to provide a bilingual early childhood education option to the community.

“I’ve always thought the Greenwich Library is a phenomenal and responsive resource in our community,” Brooks said. “As an early childhood educator – and fluent in Spanish – I look forward to helping the library address the areas of technology infrastructure and language.”

Michael Freitag previously served from 2014-21, including as Senior Vice President. He is a partner in the public relations firm Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher. Freitag attributes his lifelong love of reading to a teenage job at the local public library.

“This experience instilled a strong and lasting respect for the role libraries play as the connective tissue of a community,” he said. “I believe the Greenwich Library’s mission is more vital and relevant than ever, especially as technological innovation continues to impact the quantity – and quality – of content available.”

Pete Schwartzstein is vice president of program research for MSNBC and CNBC.

“Over the years the Greenwich Library has become a home for my family,” Schwartzstein said. “I’m grateful for everything the library has done for my family, and I’m excited to play a part in shaping its future. »

Sonal Seth works in strategic initiatives and investments at Mastercard.

“Greenwich Library has responded to the challenges and opportunities presented by the changing landscape by providing differentiated services that best serve our local community,” said Seth. “I am thrilled and honored to serve on the board and help advance its mission to meet the varied needs of its diverse community.”

The Greenwich Library system consists of the Main Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches. For more information, visit www.greenwichlibrary.org.

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