Director: Jennifer Blenkle
Jen leads the design and implementation of ULC’s strategic initiatives, including onboarding and engagement for Edge subscribers. Her career includes over 20 years of program development and leadership in community and nonprofit organizations. Before coming to ULC, Jen served as the vice president of research and innovation at the Industrial Research Institute and vice president of innovation and new product development at the American Society of Association Executives.
Senior Program Manager: Lourdes Aceves
Lourdes is the Senior Program Manager for Edge. She manages the Edge State Library Program, working closely with state library partners to secure broad adoption across their states. Lourdes supports and builds ULC and Edge's national presence and value at national, state, and regional conferences. Before joining the Urban Libraries Council, she worked at the Illinois Housing Development Authority to administer a TARP Program intended to help struggling Illinois homeowners avoid foreclosure. Lourdes holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration in Local Economic Development.