Sean Reinhart is from Hayward, California, the best little city in the Bay Area. He lives in Oakland, California. He is a local government executive, serving as the director of libraries, housing, and community services for the city of Hayward, a diverse and rapidly urbanizing community of 150,000.
Hayward is my hometown. I received my education in great Hayward public schools including Eden Gardens Elementary School, Mt. Eden High School, Chabot College, and Cal State Hayward. I went on to receive a Master’s Degree (MLIS) from San José State University.
I feel incredibly fortunate to serve my hometown as city librarian and director of housing and community services. If you had told me, back when I was an obnoxious teen at Mt. Eden High School, that someday I’d be a city department head, I would have been surprised but also thrilled. Working for my hometown is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding aspects of my life. While there has been no shortage of sacrifice and hardship in recent years, especially during the great recession, I’ve also been part of awesome achievements and forged incredible lifelong relationships here. I’m so excited and optimistic about where Hayward is headed, after growing up and living here for most of my life, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of that bright future.
Professionally speaking, I have 17 years of professional experience in positions of continuously increasing responsibility in local government. I began working for the City of Hayward as a supervising librarian in 2008. In 2009, I was appointed Library Director. In 2010, I led the department to an expanded new configuration – Library and Community Services, bringing social services, paratransit, and housing rehabilitation projects into my purview. In 2016, the city’s affordable housing division was integrated into my department, completing the suite of services we provide to Hayward residents.
In 2016, I was elected President of Hayward Rotary Club, the premier service organization serving Hayward since 1922. For nearly a century, Hayward Rotary Club has contributed millions of dollars of support to vital projects and programs that build a stronger future for the Hayward community and throughout the world. Being a member of Rotary allows me to give back to the community in an organized way, in the company of distinguished community leaders. It is one of the great honors of my life to have been chosen to serve that fine and illustrious club as President, one which I enjoyed and will cherish.
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Image: José Guadalupe Posada. “Calaveras en Monton”, circa 1910.