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Library Foundation names new CEO

April 22, 2019 — The Board of Trustees of the San Diego Public Library Foundation today announced the appointment of Patrick Stewart as the organization’s new Chief Executive Officer.

Stewart is passionate about creating literate communities, as demonstrated by his nine years of success as Executive Director of Words Alive, the San Diego literacy foundation. Stewart has had a long career in non-profit management in San Diego as well as in Washington, DC.

“This is a major time of growth and change for the Library Foundation,” said Board of Trustees Chair Cindy Olmstead. “We say goodbye to Jay Hill who, for the past 15 years, has done a stellar job in leading the Library Foundation and helping raise more than $130 million in private support that has led to new libraries across the City and exciting Library programming. Jay has helped the Library Foundation focus on supporting our library programs that create life-changing impact for all our citizens.


Read statement of Jay Hill’s departure from the Library Foundation HERE.


“We welcome Patrick Stewart’s passion for literacy. His experience as both a leader and a fundraiser will serve the Foundation well as we move forward to strengthen the Library Foundation’s impact on our vision to be the catalyst for creating stronger communities through investment in the San Diego Library System – where access to resources supporting literacy, work readiness and lifelong learning ensure equal opportunities for success. With Patrick at the helm, we will continue to raise funds, build collaborations and honor our patrons and donors,” said  Olmstead.

“The work of the San Diego Public Library Foundation and the Library itself speaks so deeply to my personal and professional core values,” Stewart said. “The Library creates real and lasting connections to our communities and to each other as individuals in immeasurable ways. To be entrusted with its longevity, viability, and, above all, its relevancy as CEO of the Public Library Foundation is an honor I take seriously and humbly.

“I cannot be more proud to join the board and staff at this stage of the Foundation’s existence to help ensure that the amazing work that’s been laid thus far has the opportunity to grow and thrive,” Stewart added. “Every San Diegan has the opportunity to equal-and-often access to our public libraries, its programs, and its community impact. I am delighted to be a part of the Foundation’s commitment to that promise.”

Stewart oversaw increases in revenues and community participation during his nine years at Words Alive. Prior to that Stewart served as Executive Director of Sushi Performance and Visual Arts in San Diego and as CEO and Executive Director of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.

Stewart will join the Library Foundation in early June. He will have a month of transition time with Jay Hill before Hill’s departure from the Library Foundation at the end of June.

Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from San Diego State University with distinction, and graduated from the Executive Non-Profit Management Program at Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy in Washington, DC. Stewart’s wife is San Diego author Tammy Greenwood. They have two teenage daughters.

For questions on the new appointment, please contact Library Foundation Chair Cindy Olmstead by email or Library Foundation Operations Manager Jerry Tomaszewicz  by email.