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Luz Holmes, President and Chair of the Upper Albany Neighborhood Revitalization Zone, has been elected President of the Urban League of Greater Hartford’s Young Professionals (YP). The auxiliary supports the Urban League’s mission to reduce economic disparities through programs, services, and educational opportunities by providing a forum for professional development, volunteerism, and social awareness for young adults ages 21 through 40.

“I am thrilled that Luz is the new President of the Young Professionals,” states David Hopkins, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Hartford. “She is a dynamic individual whose knowledge, commitment and energy – and more importantly, community leadership — will propel the organization to even greater heights in the coming years.”

“It has been so rewarding to be a part of such an active and vibrant chapter of Young Professionals and I now look forward to helping grow the organization and create innovative ways to support my peers, beginning with our 2022 Join Week!” explains Luz Holmes, who has been an active member of the YPs for three years. “I believe my skills and insight gathered throughout my experiences in community organizing and strategic planning will be an asset to the Urban League of Greater Hartford, the YPs, and the National Urban League movement.”

Holmes has several years of experience in community organizing and engagement. She served as Operations Manager for the nonprofit Hartford Land Bank and was a Financial Navigator for community residents via the Connecticut Association of Human Services. Before that, she worked as a Community Liaison for the City of Hartford, and with the Hispanic Health Council and its Maternal Infant Outreach Program, among other projects.

The Hartford resident is a graduate of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts where she majored in Vocal Performance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health with a minor in Child Study from the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, where she was Vice President of her senior class and the Founding President of the university’s BRAVE Girls Leadership chapter. Currently pursuing a master’s degree in Executive Leadership and International Relations from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., Holmes also studied Public Administration at Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass.

The Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals  serve as an auxiliary of the Urban League of Greater Hartford as a source of empowerment while building a strong pipeline of leaders dedicated to the Urban League Movement through signature events such as its STEAM Career Expo, First Day The Right Way! Back to School Backpack Giveaway, and annual Holiday Toy Giveaway. For more information about the ULGH-YP, go to or email

The Urban League of Greater Hartford, Inc. (ULGH) is a community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to reduce the economic disparities in Greater Hartford’s communities through programs and services in the areas of adult education, workforce development and training, economic enrichment, health equity, social justice, and racial equality. Established in 1964 as the National Urban League’s 66th affiliate, the ULGH works locally to promote that nationwide organization’s “All In” campaign to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic by helping to inform communities of color about the vaccines so they can make the best, most informed decision about receiving the vaccine. For information about the Urban League of Greater Hartford, visit or call 860-527-0147. Follow us on social media @ulgh64.

 Proceeds from the support of corporations, foundations, and individual donors help fund Urban League of Greater Hartford programs and operations. Donations are welcome and can be made at: Corporate partners include Travelers, Webster Bank, Pratt & Whitney, Comcast, Barnes Group, Inc., Stanley Black & Decker, Bank of America, OTIS Elevator, Hartford Steam Boiler, The Root Center for Advanced Recovery, St. Francis Hospital, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, UCONN Health, and Audacy.