Hartford, CT – October 4, 2012 – After the completion of a national search, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) announced today that Melvyn Colón has been named as its new Executive Director. He will begin his new role on October 15, 2012.
“Melvyn brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to SINA, and I am confident that he will bring new and innovative ideas to our organization that will help us grow,” said Jane Baird, Board President.
He served as Director of the Community Building and Organizing Initiative at NeighborWorks America; as the Loan Fund Director of YouthBuild USA; and as the Executive Director of Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation in Roxbury, MA. He has a long history of working constructively in multi-ethnic partnerships and coalitions. He joined the efforts of neighborhood residents, small business owners and agency directors to organize the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and served as board president of this coalition for two years. Melvyn also has impressive teaching and administrative experience with Tufts University (Department of Urban and Environment Policy), University of Massachusetts (College of Public and Community Service), and with Yale University, as an assistant dean largely focused on supporting the minority student population. In addition, as an independent consultant, client projects have included work with The Community Development Collaborative in Pittsburgh; the Barr Foundation; the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance and Neighbor2Neighbor in Massachusetts. He has written for national journals on housing issues and in local Spanish language newspapers on transit oriented development.
Melvyn will be moving to the Hartford area from Massachusetts.
Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA) is a partnership between Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Hartford Hospital and Trinity College, that works cooperatively with the community to develop leadership and improve the economic, physical and social characteristics of Hartford’s Frog Hollow, Barry Square and South Green neighborhoods. SINA serves as a catalyst to foster a vibrant urban community where residents, employees, and businesses, can enjoy a high quality of life, and opportunities for success. SINA pursues this vision through a comprehensive model and synergistic strategy of building community, integrating critical components of community life and education, housing, economic development, and public safety.
The transition and search process was conducted by Third Sector New England’s Executive Transition Program with Transition Consultant, Michael J. Negrón. In addition, Cathy Cohen served as the Interim Executive Director during the transition process.
For additional information contact:
Jane Baird, Board President
Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance (SINA)