Yvette Bello

Senior Community Investments Officer


Yvette is responsible for evaluating grant proposals and providing funding recommendations to the Community Investment leadership. Her areas of focus at the Foundation include civic engagement, immigration, health, and equity.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Yvette served as the executive director of Latino Community Services in Hartford for seven years and has also served in various positions with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Connecticut Army National Guard. Yvette has been involved in numerous equity focused community service activities throughout her career including serving as a co-facilitator for the Yale School of Management-Interpersonal Dynamics course, as a Health Leadership Senior Fellow with the Connecticut Health Foundation, the State Health Improvement Plan’s Steering Committee, the State Innovation Model’s Consumer Advisory Board, and the Hartford Commission on HIV/AIDS. In 2013, Yvette was listed as one of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Connecticut by Latinos United for Professional Advancement (LUPA) and also recognized by the Hartford Business Journal as one of Five Newsmakers to Watch in 2011. Yvette holds master’s degrees in business administration and management and a bachelor’s degree in business management from Albertus Magnus College.

What do you enjoy most about Greater Hartford?
I was born and raised in Hartford. Currently, I live, play, invest, and work in Hartford, so Hartford is home.  I actually smile when I think about Hartford.  I love the honesty, resiliency, and vibrancy of my neighbors.

What quote best represents your personal philosophy?
“Good is the enemy of great” -Jim Collins