Vaughnetta J. Barton, manager for the Communities in Action initiative at the University of Washington School of Social Work, has joined The Seattle Public Library board of trustees.

"Vaughnetta will be an excellent addition to the Library Board," said Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. "Her work in social justice, community engagement and child development will bring us closer to ensuring that all Seattle students are equipped with the information, technology and resources they need to achieve success. I am happy she's agreed to lend her talent and leadership to our Library system."

Barton manages the UWSSW's collective impact project, Communities in Action, a community-led, collective impact project that provides educational opportunities for graduate students focused on social work administration, capacity-building and leadership.

A Wallingford resident, Barton has more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector specializing in community engagement, philanthropy and program development.

Previously, Barton was the executive director of the Foundation for Early Learning and has held senior leadership positions in the credit union, mentoring, philanthropic and welfare-to-work sectors. She currently serves on the UW School of Social Work's Field Education Advisory Committee and is a member of several social justice organizations.

Barton is a former German Marshall Fund Fellow and an alumna of Leadership Tomorrow. She earned her master's degree in social work from the University of Washington with a concentration in administration, focusing on children, youth and families, and graduated from Central Washington University with a bachelor's degree in sociology.

The five-member board is the governing body of The Seattle Public Library, which includes the world-renowned Central Library and 26 branches. The board controls Library finances and property, sets Library policy and employs the city librarian. Board members are appointed by the mayor and confirmed by the City Council. Board members are volunteers and serve five-year terms.

Barton replaces Tré Maxie, who left the board in August 2016. She will serve out the rest of the term, which runs until April 1, 2018.