Amy Ryan became the first female president of the Boston Public Library in 2008. Amy Ryan has over 30 years of public library management experience and was the Director of the nationally recognized Hennepin County Library in Minnesota from 2005 to 2008. Prior to that Ms. Ryan served in leadership positions over 28 years with Minneapolis Public Library.
Ms. Ryan is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, one of which is a 2007 Resolution of the City of Minneapolis honoring and thanking Committee Co-Chair Amy Ryan for the consolidation of city and suburban libraries. In 2004, Ms. Ryan was the recipient of the American Institute of Architects Special Award and was honored with a Resolution of the City of Minneapolis. In 2003, Ryan received a Certificate of Merit from the Minnesota Library Association. In addition to her tenure on the DPLA Board of Directors, Ms. Ryan currently serves on several other boards including the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, the Boston Public Library Foundation, the Associates of the Boston Public Library, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Libraries Committee, and Boston After School & Beyond. Amy Ryan has studied at the Institute for European Studies, Freiburg, Germany.
She holds a Bachelors Degree from Mankato State University in Minnesota, and a Masters in Library Science from the University of Minnesota.