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Jessica Andrade Named Associate Director of Board and Member Relations for ARL

Jessica Andrade
Jessica Andrade

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Jessica Andrade as associate director of Board and member relations, effective April 1, 2020. Andrade is currently the associate director of governance at the American Psychological Association, whose mission is to advance the creation, communication, and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives.

At ARL, Andrade will be responsible for Board of Directors planning and administration, member relations, and working with the executive director in delivering membership value. She will organize and manage meetings, materials, and outreach to the Board and Board committees; support member engagement in the work of the Association; and contribute to the development of a trusting and inclusive culture that reinforces ARL norms and values, including the Code of Conduct.

At the American Psychological Association (APA), Andrade serves as the primary staff liaison to the APA Board of Educational Affairs (BEA), whose primary responsibility is recommending and monitoring the implementation of educational policy standards and guidelines for APA, to the Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives. In this role, Andrade conducts research on issues in psychology and education and training to develop agenda items for the BEA, the APA Board of Directors, and the Council of Representatives. Additionally, she is responsible for tracking initiatives and issues relevant to the work of the BEA and the APA Education Directorate that are ongoing both within APA and the broader psychology education and training community. Andrade holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas.

“We are thrilled Jessica Andrade is joining the ARL staff in this new position,” said Mary Lee Kennedy, ARL executive director. “Jessica brings significant expertise in working with association boards, as well as in helping members stay in touch, connect the dots, and engage with the association.”

Jessica Andrade said, “I am excited to join the leadership team at ARL to help champion the mission of advancing research, learning, and scholarly communication.”

Beginning on April 1, Andrade can be reached at jandrade@arl.org.


About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in Canada and the US whose mission is to advance research, learning, and scholarly communication. The Association fosters the open exchange of ideas and expertise, promotes equity and diversity, and pursues advocacy and public policy efforts that reflect the values of the library, scholarly, and higher education communities. ARL forges partnerships and catalyzes the collective efforts of research libraries to enable knowledge creation and to achieve enduring and barrier-free access to information. ARL is on the web at ARL.org.