Carmen N. Veloria

Senior Community Impact Officer

Carmen joined the Foundation in 2021. Prior to her current role, Carmen oversaw the Boston College Planning Center at the Boston Public Library and served as Associate Professor of Education Studies and Sociology and Chair of the Education Department at Suffolk University, where she previously led the Center for Academic Access & Opportunity. Carmen has participated in various college access initiatives in the city of Boston, including curricular alignment and projects aimed at increasing the college persistence of Boston Public School students. She has been part of various multi-stakeholder initiatives such as Open Opportunity Massachusetts (OOMA), and In Pursuit of Equity, Accountability and Success for Latinx Students (PEAS) and is a trained restorative justice circle keeper.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, and a master’s and doctorate in education.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?
I love the location of Greater Hartford, which is nestled in between the hustle and bustle of Boston and New York City while offering a subtle, yet vibrant array of dynamic opportunities. I am looking forward to exploring everything the area has to offer with my family and getting involved in the fabric of city.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?
"The point is not to pay back kindness, but to pass it on." -Julia Alvarez