Veronda J. Pitchford is the Assistant Director of Califa Group, a nonprofit library membership consortium of more than 230 libraries and is the largest library network in California.
She is the PI for the Libraries As Second Responders grant project funded by the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) which will develop trainings to prepare public library staff to
effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to better serve communities most impacted by COVID targeting BIPOCs who nationally were the most impacted by COVID.
At the heart of the project is solidifying the library’s role as part of the community’s Second Responder team that contributes to recovery, restoration of viability, and continuity for residents.
In 2005 she was named a Library Journal Mover and Shaker.
She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Relations and Communications from Central Michigan University and a Masters in Library and Information Science, (summa cum laude) from North Carolina Central University, the historically Black university in Durham, North Carolina. She is a die hard library chick.