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June 21, 2024 | The Urban League of Greater Hartford Board of Directors hosted its Annual Meeting on June 20, 2024, where it reported another year of improved financials, added staff, and continued community impact.

At the public meeting of the 66th affiliate of the National Urban League, now in its 60th year of service, the Board presented its annual Community Service Award to Dr. Zandralyn Gordon, Director of the Hartford Adult Education Center, and elected the 2024-2025 officers and approved the addition of six new Directors.

Returning in the role of Chair is Nicole Hughey, a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Executive; Vice Chair is Wes Alexander, Vice President of Workforce Solutions at Travelers; Treasurer is Gaston Persano, President of Engine Alliance at Pratt & Whitney; and Secretary is Ellen Steinfeld, Senior Executive Vice President of Lending and Payments at Berkshire Hills Bancorp Inc.

The six new Directors are: Angelo Adams, President of Zipcar; Pamela Hippolyte, Assistant Vice President, Affordable Mortgage Loan Officer at Liberty Bank; Erika Goldstein, Vice President of Global Modernization Acceleration at Otis Elevator Co.; Teshia Levy-Grant, Senior Managing Director and Diversity Equity Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) Officer at Webster Bank; Dr. John Maduko, President of Connecticut State Community College (CT STATE); and Graham Robinson, Senior Vice President & Global President of Stanley Industrial at Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

Continuing At-Large Directors are: Dr. Michael Bailey, Co-Pastor of The First Cathedral; Christopher Clarke, Vice President/Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch/Bank of America; Kelly Harper, Senior Manager of Accounting and Reporting Advisory at Deloitte, LLP; Jeffrey Hines, Chief Diversity Officer at UCONN Health; Julia Marquis, Vice President Legal Counsel at Aetna/CVS; and Laura Soll, President of Laura Soll Public Relations, LLC. Also holding a seat on the Board is Luz Holmes-Padgett as the President of the Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals Auxiliary.

“This year is particularly special for me seeing the last round of Directors who hired me roll off of the Board, along with others who have been a pivotal part of our transformation,” reflects David Hopkins, who has increased revenue 83% in five-and-a-half years as the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Hartford. “I am excited to work with the new officers and additions to the Board as we move into the next decade of the agency’s legacy of impact.”

Proceeds from the support of corporations, foundations, and individual donors help fund Urban League programs and operations. Donations are welcome and can be made at: Corporate Institutional Partners include Travelers, Pratt & Whitney, Webster Bank, Comcast, KeyBank, Stanley Black & Decker, Bank of America, OTIS Elevator, Eversource, LAZ Parking, Liberty Bank, UCONN Heath, Berkshire Bank, Hartford HealthCare, Barnes Group, Inc., Global Atlantic Financial, Lincoln Financial, Hartford Steam Boiler and Audacy.


The Urban League of Greater Hartford is a community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3), established in 1964 as the National Urban League’s 66th affiliate. Now celebrating 60 years of community service, its mission is to promote racial equity through economic empowerment programs in the areas of youth development, adult education, workforce development, housing, personal financial management, community health, and social justice, impacting more than 3,000 individuals and their families every year. For more information about the Urban League of Greater Hartford, visit or call 860-527-0147. Follow us on social media @ulgh64