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Patrick Stewart Joins Library Foundation as New CEO

Patrick Stewart has joined the San Diego Public Library Foundation as the nonprofit agency’s new Chief Executive Officer. Stewart, a nonprofit fundraising and leadership executive, succeeds Jay Hill in the position.

Stewart is committed to 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.

“We welcome Patrick Stewart’s passion for literacy. His experience as a leader and fundraiser will serve the Foundation well as we strengthen the Library Foundation’s impact and broaden our role as a catalyst for creating stronger communities through investment in the San Diego Library System,” said Library Foundation Board of Trustees Chair Cindy Olmstead.

“The work of the San Diego Public Library Foundation and the Library speak 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 Library Foundation 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.


View a video tribute to outgoing Library Foundation CEO Jay Hill.


“Over the next several months, I look forward to meeting and speaking with our partners to learn more about the many ways the Library Foundation supports the entire Library system,” Stewart said. “I’m excited about the possibilities for new, innovative ways to expand that support.”

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 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.

You can reach out to Patrick by email.