Leadership by and for our region

In 1925, the founders of the Hartford Foundation designed a governance structure that would ensure leadership by individuals of the highest caliber who are knowledgeable about the community and able to make fair decisions about complex issues. This model continues to serve the Foundation and the community well.

The volunteer Board of Directors governs the policies and grant decisions of the Foundation. Board members are appointed for a term of five years, and can serve for a maximum of two terms. The Board meets five times each year.

Board of Directors

Theodore S. Sergi, Chair Retired President and CEO, The Connecticut Science Center Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2019
Rodney O. Powell, Vice Chair Retired President, Corporate Citizenship and President, Eversource Foundation Appointed by the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, 2012
Andrew R. Worthington, Treasurer Senior Vice President, Wealth Management
Long River Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2015
Nancy P. Bernstein President and Chief Operating Officer, Women’s Health USA;
President and Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Health Connecticut
Appointed by the Chair, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, 2013
Marlene M. Ibsen Vice President, Community Relations, Travelers, and CEO & President, Travelers Foundation Appointed by the Trustee Banks, 2017
Min Jung Kim Director and CEO, New Britain Museum of American Art Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2020
Dr. Estela R. López Retired Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System
Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2019
I. Charles Mathews Retired Attorney Appointed by the Judge of Probate Court, District of Hartford, 2019
Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velázquez University Campus Director, UConn Hartford Appointed by the Metro Hartford Alliance Board Chair, 2019
Richard N. Palmer Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, 2016
David M. Roth Senior Managing Partner, SouthOcean Capital Partners Inc. Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2018

Volunteers that move us forward together

In addition to the Board of Directors, the Foundation is fortunate to have other volunteers who collectively contribute hundreds of hours of service and advice to help the Foundation in a number of areas. Listed here are the members of the standing subcommittees of the Board of Directors and special committees.


Nancy P. Bernstein*
I. Charles Mathews*
Rodney O. Powell*
Theodore S. Sergi*• 
Andrew R. Worthington*



Estela R. López*
Richard N. Palmer*
Theodore S. Sergi*



Andrew R. Worthington*
Nancy P. Bernstein*
Estela R. López*
Theodore S. Sergi*
Robert B. Goldfarb
JoAnn H. Price


Mark Overmyer-Velázquez*
Rodney O. Powell*
David M. Roth*
Theodore S. Sergi*
Andrew R. Worthington*


Richard N. Palmer, Chair*
Nancy P. Bernstein*
Min Jung Kim*
Estela R. López*
Theodore S. Sergi*



Marlene M. Ibsen*
I. Charles Mathews*
Robert B. Goldfarb
Alan Mattamana



David M. Roth*
Theodore S. Sergi*
Robert B. Goldfarb
David Marks
Cynthia Steer
John Wright 


Michael Miller, Colonial Consulting, LLC



Rodney O. Powell*
Marlene M. Ibsen*
Min Jung Kim*
I. Charles Mathews*
Mark Overmyer-Velázquez*
Theodore S. Sergi*




I. Charles Mathews*
Nancy P. Bernstein*
Richard N. Palmer*
Kenneth Alleyne
Ellen Andrews
James Cox-Chapman
Lucy Cox-Chapman Dagneau
Lynne Garner



Christopher Cloud
Brenda DelGado
Charles Barfield
Kristen Clark
Joseph  Dickerson
Robert Ike
Katonya Hughey
Bradford Meachum
Wanda  Williams McCormack
Darlene Wolliston
Patricia Wrice 



Kathleen Costello, Chair
McKinley Albert, Vice Chair
Amanda Aronson
Iris Bashkin
Francine Christiansen*
Carol Dupuis
Sara Harrigan
Debbie Javit
Clare Meade
Leslie Ohta
Carol Peltier
Ed Peltier
Terry Schmitt
Ned Steiger
Ann Thomas
Bob White* 

*Ex-Officio members



Moraima Gutierrez, Chair
Thomas Blake
Delpha Blanchard
Jorge Casasnovas
Melvyn Colón
Christina Gonzalez Gellman
Evelyn LaFontaine
Yvette Meléndez
Rosaida Morales


Monique R. Polidoro
Edward D. Abdelnour, Esq.
Steven M. Basche, Esq.
Eliot M. Bassin, MS, CPA, CFE
Jill H. Clark, CPA
Marilee Clark, Esq.
Alison D. Davis
John W. Eckel, CFP, CFA
Christiana N. Gianopulos, Esq.
Suzanne S. Giuffrida
Shera G. Golder, Esq.
Austin S. Hersh
Denis M. Horrigan, CFP
Drew M. Iacovazzi
William T. Johnson
Simon J. Lebo, Esq.
Ryan V. Leichsenring, Esq.
David A. Mangs Ph.D, CLU, ChFC
Greg F. Mendoza, CRPS
Mitzchka Basman Ortiz, Esq. 
Sharon Purtill
Nelson J. Rodriguez, MBA 
Andrew Salak 
Laura A. Schuyler 
Nicholas Sheridan, CFP, CRPC 
Gregory J. Spuches Jr., Esq. 
Ned Steiger, CFA, CPA 
Timothy Throckmorton 
Michael J. Welch CPA/ PFS, JD, LLM



Gemma Baker
Trevor Beauford
Shirley Boron
Glenn Cassis
Stephan Christiansen
Stacy Hurley Cloud
Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson
Melvyn Colón
Nicholas Criscitelli
Booker DeVaughn
Elena DeVaughn
Carol Dupuis
Tekisha Everette
Eileen Furey
Sam Galloway
Gregory Grant
Beverly Greenberg
Robert Guenther
Moraima Gutiérrez
Kristen Horrigan
Peggy Jacobson
Harvey Kelly
Thomas Mahoney
Walter Menjivar
Harry Meyer
Susan Myers
John Norman
Richard Pinder
Tyler Polk
Rosalie Roth
Sue Shepard
Nicholas Sheridan
Gail Stafford
Kathy Steinwedell
Sherwood Willard
Patricia Wrice 



Robinson & Cole LLP


 * Member of Board of Directors
• Ex-officio

Board of Ambassadors

Our Board of Ambassadors was formed to promote broader understanding and engagement across the Foundation's 29-town region. Participating with us in discussions around key initiatives and emerging issues, these volunteer Ambassadors are essential in helping us put philanthropy into action.

Kenneth R. Alleyne

John Alves

Malcolm Barlow

Stephen Bayer

Shaun Biggers

Rich Brown

John Byrnes

Marla Byrnes

Luis Cabán

Eleanor Caplan

Richard Cave

Francine Christiansen

Christopher Cloud

Stacy Hurley-Cloud

Adam P. Cohen

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson

Julie Daly Meehan

Eric Daniels

Mishone Donelson

Tiffany Donelson

Earl Exum

Thomas Filomeno

Meghan Freed

John Green

Beverly Greenberg

Rashid Hamid

Jill Hutensky

Lenworth Jacobs

Edward Jason

Medina Jett

David R. Jimenez

Dinesh Kapur

Rosy Kapur

Deborah Kleinman

Steven Kleinman

Evelyn LaFontaine

Antoinette C. Lazarus

Thomas Lips

Estela López

Jim Lyon

Kristen Marcroft

Alan Mattamana

Adam McLaughlin

David Miller

John Motley

Joelle Murchison

Kristina Newman-Scott

Moy Ogilvie

Michelle Parrotta

Brewster Perkins

Tyler Polk

Kala Prasad

Sharon Rome Reisner

Susan Rottner

Richard Rubenstein

Andrew Salner

Patricia Salner

Andrew Schatz

Hy Schwartz

Paula Silas Guy

Anne Stanback

Cecil Thomas

Dougie Trumble

Tom Trumble

Fred Ward

Wyrot Ward

Nancy Wheeler

Robert White

Shawn Wooden

Andrew Worthington, Chair

Elease Wright

John Wright

Eric Zachs

Jessica Zachs

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