The Jackson County Library Foundation has hired Amy Drake as its new executive director.

The public can meet Drake from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, at the Medford library's Adams Room, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford.

Drake has nearly nine years of experience in supporting cultural institutions, including grant writing, developing collaborative relationships, expanding audience reach and executing public events.

​Previously, she worked as director of exhibitions and community engagement for the Southern Oregon Historical Society in Medford. Through Drake's leadership of the "History: Made by You" program, SOHS received the Oregon Heritage Excellence Award in 2013. Drake also provided outreach to volunteer-run​ historical societies, including teaching classes, running workshops and awarding scholarships.

Drake serves on the boards of the Oregon Museums Association and the Jackson County Cultural Coalition. She holds a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program and her Bachelor of Arts in History from Grinnell College. She has lived in Ashland since 2011.