Trent Rhorer has served as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Services Agency (HSA) since October 2000, when he was appointed by Mayor Willie Brown. The Human Services Agency is an umbrella agency that comprises the Department of Human Services, Department of Aging and Adult Services, and the Office of Early Care and Education. HSA, through its $1 billion budget and 2,400 employees, administers the City’s public human service programs for low-income families, children, single adults, seniors, and disabled adults.
These programs include CalWORKs, Workforce Development, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Child Welfare Services, In-Home Supportive Services, Adult Protective Services, Office on the Aging, and Public Administrator/Public Guardian/Public Conservator, among others.
More than 225,000 San Francisco residents are served annually by the agency. From 2004 to 2008, as HSA’s Executive Director, Trent served as Mayor Gavin Newsom’s point person on homelessness as well as chair of the Mayor’s Interagency Homeless Cabinet. During this time, the City developed its Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness and created over 3,000 supportive housing units for homeless families and single adults.
Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Trent served as the Human Services Executive Director’s Chief of Staff and was the Chief Policy Analyst for the department, where he has worked since 1996. Before joining the Department of Human Services, Trent worked in community planning and program development in the non-profit sector. In addition, he was an associate for a private firm which specialized in management consulting for public housing agencies.
Trent has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from UCLA and a Master of Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.