Susan K. Siegel has been appointed director of the Development Office, effective April 1. In this capacity, Siegel serves as the principal development and planning officer for the Library of Congress. She oversees all development activities and programs for the Library, including identifying funding priorities, developing strategies to obtain private monies, and securing appropriate funding for special acquisitions, exhibitions, special events, conservation and preservation of collections, special publications, public relations initiatives and outreach programs.
As director, Siegel will continue to approach individuals and corporate and foundation executives to solicit and negotiate the terms of support for Library projects. Siegel serves as the primary liaison with members of the Madison Council, sustaining contact with donors regarding present and future contributions and cultivating new members for the Library's private sector advisory council. In addition, she will work collaboratively with the Librarian and members of the council to garner private sector advice and support for a variety of fund-raising initiatives.
Siegel came to the Library in 1990 as special assistant to the director of human resources for management programs. She was appointed executive assistant to the director of development in 1995 and was named corporate development officer in 1999. During the past year she has worked closely with the Librarian, the chief operating officer and the Steering Committee of the James Madison Council to plan for and implement a comprehensive philanthropic outreach program that dovetails with the Library's strategic plan. She is currently working in concert with the Librarian and chief operating officer on fund-raising for the New Visitors Experience.
Siegel holds undergraduate degrees in English and business from the University of Pennsylvania and a masters of business administration in finance and accounting from George Washington University. Prior to coming to the Library of Congress, she was a senior management consultant with Arthur Young and Co.