SAN DIEGO – Oct. 11, 2016 – The Board of Directors of the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) is pleased to announce that Roderick Reinhart, an experienced fund development and strategic planning professional with many years of outstanding service as an executive and board member of for-profit and non-profit organizations, has accepted the position of Interim Executive Director. Reinhart will immediately assume control of day-to-day operations.
Reinhart became involved with SDHDF shortly after its inception at the urging of San Diego LGBT community leader Bill Beck, one of the founders of SDHDF. Reinhart served on the SDHDF Board from 2002 to 2006 and as President of the Board in 2003 and 2004.
“I can’t think of a better person to guide the foundation as we strengthen and rebuild the organization,” said board vice president and secretary Peggy Walkush. “Roderick recruited me to the board in 2003 and I was greatly impressed by his leadership, professionalism and integrity.”
Reinhart retired in 2008 from the City of Chula Vista, where as Assistant Library Director he managed a staff of more than 80 people. He moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, with his husband Mauricio Diaz Rosales. The couple returned to San Diego last year.
“It is an honor for me to once again provide leadership services to the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation,” said Reinhart. “The organization is very near and dear to my heart.” He added, “The Foundation has a strong team of board members, professional staff, fund holders and donors, and I look forward to working with them all to continue to advance its vital mission.”
Reinhart is a respected leader with a long history of service in the San Diego LGBT community.
“As a long term supporter of the SDHDF, I am pleased to learn that Roderick Reinhart has been named Interim Executive Director,” said Bill Kelly, well known LGBT community leader. “I have known and worked with Roderick for many years and have great confidence in his ability to lead SDHDF forward.” Kelly previously served on the SDHDF board alongside Reinhart.
“Diversionary Theatre is grateful that the Foundation has shown great respect and support for the important contributions of Diversionary Theatre,” said Diversionary board president Todd Nelms. “We look forward to continuing a close and productive relationship as SDHDF makes changes in its management structure.”
Long time SDHDF supporter David Huskey, husband of an SDHDF founder Dr. Bill Beck and advisor of the Beck/Huskey donor advised fund at SDHDF, shared his reaction to Reinhart’s appointment as Interim Executive Director. “Through the years I have stayed in close contact with SDHDF and its activities. I am pleased to learn of this decision and am sure this is a very positive move for the organization. I have known Roderick for 15 years and count him as a close friend and an accomplished non-profit professional. I know he will use his many skills to help SDHDF through this period of time into the future.”
“We are grateful for the support we have received from LGBTQ community leaders and organizations in this time of delicate transition,” said board president Joselyn Harris.
Reinhart’s immediate tasks will be to assess the Foundation’s financial strength and stability and to initiate fund raising activities to expand the Foundation’s outreach, mission, and goals. Reinhart’s full biography is available here.
About the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation
Established in 1996, the San Diego Human Dignity Foundation (SDHDF) is the sole community foundation in the San Diego region dedicated to the benefit of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. SDHDF funds programs and projects that promote equal treatment, tolerance, wellness, well-being, and above all else, human dignity. We work to strengthen LGBT organizations and leadership. We nurture philanthropic giving to support LGBT people and address important issues such as aging, arts and culture, health and wellness, youth and families, and civil rights. For more information, visit www.sdhdf.org. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.