Nashville Public Library Foundation
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615 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37219
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mrs. Shawn Bakker
Term Start April 2017
Shawn's Experience: Shawn Bakker is an accomplished nonprofit executive and social entrepreneur. Her career has taken her from hands-on work with low-income immigrant families to leadership roles in complex global organizations. She has 18 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, development and communications. Her most recent roles have included Executive Publisher of The Upper Room, Deputy General Secretary of Communications and Development, and Director of The Advance and Development for the General Board of Global Ministries for the United Methodist Church.Prior to her involvement with Global Ministries, Shawn was the founder and director of Project Transformation, a not-for-profit organization in Dallas that connected young adults seeking leadership opportunities to urban communities. She has extensive experience managing teams of up to 75 staff and operating budgets of more than $17 million. Shawn has a certificate in Fundraising from NYU and is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE). She has a proven track record in donor cultivation, revenue growth and oversight of multi-million dollar campaigns. Shawn graduated from Perkins School of Theology with a Masters of Theological Studies and from Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota, with an education/psychology degree.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Ms. Amy Renigar Dir. of Community Giving
Mrs. Claudia Schenck Director of Annual Giving
Mrs. Elizabeth Sherrard Director of Major Gifts
Mrs. Kristi Graham Director of Communications and Marketing
Mrs. Rachel Blado Director of Finance and Operations
Ms. Caitlin Reed Director of Events


Full Time Staff 9
Part Time Staff 2
Volunteers 30
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 80%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? May 2020
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2000