Director, Somerville Public Library, Somerville, MA
Maria Carpenter is the director of advancement, marketing, and communications for Northeastern University Libraries. In this role, she oversees the university libraries' fundraising, marketing, communications, and programming. She joined Northeastern University in 2001 after completing her M.L.S. at the University of Pittsburgh. She received her B.A. from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1995 and worked in the field of arts administration before entering the library profession. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta, the honor society for international scholars.
Maria is the recipient of many awards. These include a partner award from Northeastern University's Asian American Center for fostering partnerships across campus, the Northeastern University Aspiration Team Award for the successful implementation of the library's integrated library system, University of Pittsburgh's Jay Daily Award for outstanding contributions to the master's program in library and information science, and Arena Stage's Thomas C. Fichandler Management Training Award for outstanding performance as a management trainee. Maria is a 1999 Spectrum scholar and in 2006-2007 chaired the Spectrum Scholar Interest Group. She also serves on Jim Rettig's Presidential Advisory Committee, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)'s Ethnic and Racial Diversity Committee, and co-chaired the 2007 Academic Library Advancement and Development conference in Banff. She volunteers as an adviser in a big brother/ big sister program for Korean adopted children at Tufts University, is a board member of Northeastern's Asian American Center, and is an active member of the Boston Korean Adoptees organization.
Maria's background leads to her current interest in marginalized or underrepresented populations. Maria would like her research to focus on illuminating practical ways to foster the transformative experience in leadership development and to answer how personal transformation leads to attaining leadership qualities and has an impact on organizational transformation.