Leadership by and for our region.

In 1925, the founders of the Hartford Foundation designed a governance structure that would ensure leadership by individuals 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

Andrew R. Worthington, Chair

Managing Director, Wealth Management
Long River Wealth Management
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2015

Dr. Mark Overmyer-Velázquez, Vice Chair

Dean and Chief Administrative Officer, University of Connecticut-Hartford Appointed by the Metro Hartford Alliance Board Chair, 2019

Marlene M. Ibsen, Treasurer

Vice President, Community Relations, Travelers, and CEO & President, Travelers Foundation Appointed by the Trustee Banks, 2017

Susan B. Dunn

Trained Interim Director for Nonprofits, Retired President of United Way
of Central and Northeastern Connecticut
Appointed by the Board Chair, United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, 2021

Beatriz Gutierrez

President and CEO, CONNSTEP, Inc. Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2022

Sivan Hines, MD

Senior Director of College Partnerships and Scholar Success, Hartford Promise Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2022

Alan Mattamana

Partner, Fairview Capital Appointed by the Hartford Consortium for Higher Education, 2023

Richard N. Palmer

Retired Associate Justice, Connecticut Supreme Court Appointed by the Chief Justice of the Connecticut Supreme Court, 2016

Nicole Porter

Senior Manager, Social Impact and Partnerships, The LEGO Group Appointed by the Judge of Probate Court, District of Hartford, 2021

David M. Roth

Senior Managing Partner, SouthOcean Capital Partners Inc. Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2018

Theodore S. Sergi

Retired President and CEO, The Connecticut Science Center, and
Retired Commissioner of Education, State of Connecticut
Appointed by the Board of Directors, 2019

Our Committees

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.


Theodore S. Sergi*
Richard N. Palmer*
Nicole Porter*


Susan B. Dunn*
Sivan Hines*
Alan Mattamana*
Robert B. Goldfarb
JoAnn H. Price


Beatriz Gutierrez*
Sivan Hines*
Marlene M. Ibsen*
David M. Roth*


Richard N. Palmer*
Susan B. Dunn*
Beatriz Gutierrez*
Mark Overmyer-Velázquez*
Theodore S. Sergi*


Marlene M. Ibsen*
Susan B. Dunn*
Alan Mattamana*
Mark Overmyer-Velázquez*
Nicole Porter*
Robert B. Goldfarb


David M. Roth*
Alan Mattamana*
Theodore S. Sergi*
Robert B. Goldfarb
David Holmgren
David Marks
Carl Peterson
Cynthia Steer
John Wright 

POLICY and STRATEGY / Expedited Grant Review

Nicole Porter*
Beatriz Gutierrez*
Sivan Hines*
Marlene M. Ibsen*
Mark Overmyer-Velázquez*


Sivan Hines*
Kenneth R. Alleyne
Ellen Andrews
James Cox-Chapman
Lucy Cox-Chapman Dagneau
Lynne Garner


Michael Miller, Crewcial Partners, LLC


Robinson & Cole LLP


Christopher Cloud
Brenda DelGado•
Nakia Hall
Robert Ike
Bradford Meacham
Wanda Williams McCormack


Terry Schmitt, Chair
Amanda Aronson, Vice Chair
Iris Bashkin
Karen Brown
Francine Christiansen•
Kathleen Costello•
Wendy Haller
Bill McDonald
Leslie Ohta
Amy Peltier
Carol Peltier
Debbie Peterson
Renee Savoie
Ned Steiger
Ann Thomas
Bob White•
Kathy Worthington


Barbara Fernandez, Chair
Aura Alvarado
Moraima Gutiérrez
Diana Jepsen
Yvette Martas
Rita Ortiz
Rosaida Morales Rosario
Lisa Werkmeister Rozas
Jacqueline Santiago


Shirley P. Boron
Glenn A. Cassis
Britt-Marie K. Cole-Johnson, Esq.
Nicholas Criscitelli
Judith Dobai
Mishone Donelson
Carol Dupuis
Dr. Eileen M. Furey
Dr. Sam Galloway
Gregory Grant
Moraima Gutiérrez
Kristen Mason Horrigan
Armando Jimenez
Harvey Kelly
David Klein
Janice Klein
Steph MacGillivary
Tom Mahoney
Shantel Mallery
Gayende Martin
Michelle C. Mays
Dr. Troy A. Monroe
Harry Meyer
Susan C. Myers
Christine Pandolfe
Nicholas Sheridan, CFP®
Laura A. Schuyler
Isaiah Torres
Leah N. Wade
Tyrone V. Walker
Trina N. Williams
Patricia J. Wrice 

* Member of Board of Directors
• Ex-officio

Strategic Priority Partners

The Greater Hartford Coalition on Community Safety

JoAnn H. Price, Chair