Tracy Nájera headshot
January 5, 2022

After five years of service, Dr. Tracy Nájera bade farewell to the State Library Board at its December meeting. Dr. Nájera was recognized by the board with the following resolution:

WHEREAS Tracy Nájera served diligently as a member of the State Library Board from January 2017 through December 2021 and Vice-President of the State Library Board from January 2020 through December 2020 and President of the State Library Board from January 2021 through December 2021; and

WHEREAS Tracy Nájera has been an asset to her community throughout her career as an advocate for children in her various roles; and

WHEREAS Tracy Nájera has been a library supporter and consumer throughout her life, recognizing the value and impact libraries have on their users; and

WHEREAS Tracy Nájera helped lead the State Library of Ohio through a period of ongoing change, including ongoing budget challenges, a search for a new Executive Director, and unfailing support for staff and fellow board members of the State Library of Ohio through an unprecedented pandemic; and

WHEREAS Tracy Nájera has contributed in numerous ways to the success of the many programs and services offered by the State Library, including fostering collaboration across types of libraries, supporting innovation, and adaptability; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, that the members of the Board of the State Library of Ohio, meeting in regular session this 9th day of December 2021, express their individual and collective gratitude and appreciation for Tracy Nájera.

Dr. Tracy Tracy Nájera is the Executive Director of Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio. Prior to that, Tracy was a senior consultant for a national education improvement consultancy partnering with states, foundation and other organizations to improve educational outcomes for students – particularly those of color and low income. Her 20-year career has focused on improving policies, systems, and structures to support educational opportunity and equity for all children. She has extensive professional and volunteer experience in communications, budget and finance, public policy, and program implementation and evaluation. She has served on boards and committees in central Ohio and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for her service. A graduate of the Ohio State University, Dr. Nájera earned her MPA from the Glenn College of Public Affairs and her Ph.D. in Education Administration.

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