Executive Director, Human Services Agency
Trent has served as SFHSA’s Executive Director since 2000. For more than two decades, Trent has played an instrumental role in the development of citywide programs and policies to address poverty, homelessness, and child abuse. These include the JobsNOW! initiative, a nationally recognized subsidized employment model that has provided job placements for nearly 20,000 low-income parents and single adults; and Care Not Cash, which reformed the welfare system for homeless single adults and provided housing for more than 4,700 homeless individuals.
Under Trent’s leadership, the Agency led the development of the City’s COVID-19 Alternative Housing Program that provided over 9,000 people experiencing homelessness with the shelter they needed to isolate, quarantine or shelter-in-place during the pandemic. Trent also led the Agency’s local implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act, enrolling nearly one in four San Franciscans into high-quality healthcare coverage.
Trent also plays a key role in formulation of statewide human services policies and programs through his participation in the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA). He has served as CWDA president for three terms and has held numerous officer positions throughout the past decade. Trent has also served as chair of the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BAASC). He currently serves on the City of Oakland Homelessness Commission as one of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaff’s appointments.
Trent holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is the proud father of two who attended Oakland public schools and are now in college.