Kandianna Valiotis

Senior Scholarship and Development Associate


Kandianna joined the Hartford Foundation in 2012 and works in the Development department supporting both the organization’s development efforts and Scholarship Program. Before joining the Foundation’s Development department, she supported the organization’s grantmaking efforts on the Community Investments team. She is also an active member of the Foundation’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group.

Kandianna has worked in the nonprofit world for most of her career, specifically working with individuals who are elderly and developmentally disabled. Her work with people with medical and physical challenges inspired her to do additional coursework in anatomy and physiology, and emergency medicine. Led by her passion for health and wellness and a deep desire to help others, Kandianna is also a registered yoga instructor and a certified emergency medical technician. Kandianna earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Eastern Connecticut State University.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?
Hartford has a rich history of the arts, beloved famous authors and great theaters. I have a deep appreciation for the many theaters and museums in  the region and try to get out to see a show as often possible.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?
"My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart." -Maya Angelou