A Brief Bio
Barbara Halliday is the Mayor of Hayward. She was elected Mayor in 2014. She previously served on the Hayward City Council for ten years. Prior to serving in elected office, she served Hayward for many years in multiple roles including as former Planning Commission chair, community organizer, and on numerous citizen commissions and task forces.
Barbara Halliday has a B.A. in American studies from Mary Washington College, then associated with the University of Virginia. She pursued graduate work in journalism and urban studies at the University of Maryland. She had a successful career in the private sector first as a journalist, and later in the insurance industry. She retired from the industry in 2008 and turned her attention to serving the Hayward community full-time.
As a council member, she helped the city reduce crime and speeding, eradicate blight and improve streets and sidewalks and helped boost students' test scores by expanding city-run homework tutoring centers. As Mayor, she has presided over major project approvals including the Lincoln Landing and Maple and Main mixed-use developments, as well as the grand opening of the Alta Mira affordable housing development. She brings energy, ideas, and a problem-solving spirit to Hayward, with a focus on advancing policies that support equality, opportunity, and safety for all members of the Hayward community.
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