INNOVATOR: Angela Lightfoot-Roth

INNOVATOR: Angela Lightfoot-Roth

—  CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER FOR THE LIBRARY SYSTEM OF LANCASTER COUNTY

(From the pages of FLL Issue #37 /​ Fiscal Thinking Issue #3 • Photo by Bianca Cordova)

WHAT MAKES ANGELA AN INNOVATOR?

Angela initially studied to be a social worker, but eventually discovered accounting and financial management in an effort to be a part of the community benefit sector. Angela draws inspiration from Dan Pallotta, author of Uncharitable and a part of the Lancaster County Community Foundation. He has changed the way Angela thinks about non-profit finances. “Instead of expecting community benefit organizations to squeak by with as little overhead as possible,” Angela explains, “we should be paying wages that attract the brightest of minds who are instead being lured to much more lucrative fields.” Angela has directly influenced sustainable increases in revenue and reductions in organizational costs without undercutting quality of service and well-being of fellow staff members. While reducing their environmental impact in ways such as building solar panels and installing retrofitted light fixtures, Angela has also managed to save approximately $28,000 annually.

WHAT DOES ANGELA’S FUTURE LOOK LIKE?

Angela plans a continuation of creative, innovative thinking. Her impressive solutions have managed to save money while simultaneously decreasing the community’s carbon footprint. As Angela continues her career with the Library System of Lancaster County, she looks forward to working with the county’s 14 member libraries, helping them to be strong stewards of resources, all the while finding new ways to sustain and grow the invaluable services they provide to our local community.

Library System of Lancaster County
1866 Colonial Village Lane, Suite 107
Lancaster, PA 17601
(717) 207-0500