Senior Chair

Barrye Brown
Processing Archivist
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Barrye Brown is currently a Processing Archivist in the Manuscripts, Archives, and Rare Books Division of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library. She holds a MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on Archives and Records Management, a MA in Atlantic World History from Rice University, and a BA in History from Dillard University. While obtaining her MSLS, she worked as a Carolina Academic Library Associate with a dual appointment in the Southern Historical Collection and the Sonja Haynes Stone Center Library for Black Culture and History.  She became a Certified Archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA) in October 2017. Prior to her current position at the Schomburg, she served as the Reference and Outreach Archivist at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston.

Vice Chair


Tarienne Mitchell
LDS Church History Library

Tarienne Mitchell is an archivist at the LDS Church History Library. She graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Video Production and graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a Master’s Degree in Library Science. She has worked in archives, museums, and libraries around the country including the archives at Wake Forest University in Ohio, The Reynolda House Museum in North Carolina, the UNC Media Library in North Carolina, and the Salt Lake County Archive in Utah.

Newsletter Editor

 Ashley Stevens

Ashley Stevens
Education Outreach Coordinator
Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Professionally, I have over five years of archival experience. I have worked for the National Park Service and the National Archives at Philadelphia. Currently, I work as the Education Outreach Coordinator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. My particular passion within the profession is archival outreach, specifically the responsibility of all archivists in the promotion of the profession, archival resources, and reaching out to the communities that archives serve. I hold an M.A. in Public History and an M.L.I.S. in archives from the University of South Carolina (Columbia).


Sonia Yaco

Sonia Yaco
Assoc. Director, Head of Special Collections and University Archives 
Rutgers University

Sonia Yaco is the Associate Director of Special Collections and University Archives at Rutgers University. She is the founder and Senior Advisor of Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE), a civil rights history preservation project. She is also a Senior Advisor to the Kids in Birmingham 1963 project. Yaco holds a MA from the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Yaco's co-authored  “A Documentation Case Study: the Desegregation of Virginia Education (DOVE) Project” appears in Through the Archival Looking Glass: A Reader on Diversity and Inclusion.

Steering Committee Member

Jina DuVernay
Visiting Archivist, African American Collections, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library
Emory University

Jina DuVernay is the Visiting Archivist for African American Collections at Emory University's Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. DuVernay serves as Co-chair of the RBMS Diversity Committee and as a member of the RBMS Membership & Professional Development Committee. She is also on the Executive Board of the Black Caucus American Library Association. DuVernay is passionate about promoting the preservation of archival materials regarding people of color, as well as, advocating for more people of color to enter the archival profession and assisting with efforts to retain them.