Madison Public Library Foundation’s board of directors was thrilled to welcome three new members in October: Brigid Elliott-Boger, Ray Mendez and Susan Goodwin.
Elliott-Boger has lived in Madison and worked as an accountant for Baker Tilly US, LLP (formerly Virchow, Krause & Company, LLP) since 1999. She has volunteered for the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Monona and Rooted WI, Inc.
Married with three children whom she took to libraries from a young age, Elliott-Boger understands how essential public libraries can be to early learning. Further, she benefited greatly from the library while growing up without ample money to purchase books. Her hobbies include spending time outdoors, taking motorcycle rides with her husband and cheering on the Badgers.
Mendez is the co-founder of BBLOQS.ai, a brand-building AI company which he’s continuing to develop. He’s also a partner at Masa&Boz consulting. Currently, Mendez is focusing on developing global reuse standards to eliminate single-use plastic packaging.
Mendez grew up in India and has also lived in New York, Amsterdam and Berlin. As an advocate for equitable and inclusive public education through the lens of neurodiversity, he is committed to making Madison Public Library an attractive force in the increasingly diverse Madison community.
Goodwin retired in 2010 following a 30-year career with the State of Wisconsin. She managed Governor Jim Doyle’s campaign before serving as his chief of staff for eight years. Goodwin was formerly on the Madison Public Schools Foundation board and serves on the Olbrich Botanical Society board.
Her love for libraries goes back to her childhood in Wood River, Illinois, where she and her sister were avid readers and frequent visitors of a modern, new library. A mother of three and grandmother of two, Goodwin enjoys international travel and gardening as well as tennis, golf, yoga, Pilates, hiking and cross-country skiing. She said she’s excited to expand the library’s impact on the community.