The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits has appointed Patrick Johnson Jr. as the interim executive director of the association. Board president, Peter DeBiasi said, “Pat’s many years of experience and proven leadership in managing and advocating on behalf of nonprofits and those we serve makes him the ideal person for this job. There’s no one better able to lead CT Nonprofits as we navigate the turbulent waters ahead during a difficult state of Connecticut budget season”.
Pat is the former CEO of Oak Hill, the largest provider of comprehensive community based services for people with disabilities in Connecticut. He was previously the executive director of Catholic Charities/Catholic Family Services. Pat has served on numerous boards in the Hartford area for over forty-five years and has a national reputation in nonprofit management.
For the second year in a row, Edwin Colon MSW ’03, JD ’09 has been named one of the 50 Most Influential Latinos in Connecticut by Latinos United for Professional Advancement (LUPA). In October of 2013, the Connecticut Law Tribune named Edwin a “New Leader in the Law” for his work with low-income children who are victims of abuse and neglect, children with disabilities, and children who are new to our country. He was chosen from more than 300 nominations from throughout Connecticut who are age 40 and younger.
Edwin joined the Center for Children’s Advocacy (CCA) to work on the Child Juvenile Justice Project to advocate in the Hartford public schools on behalf of youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system. He also works with CCA’s teen legal clients in Fairfield County, helping to resolve legal issues that prevent youth from achieving academic success. Prior to joining the Center for Children’s Advocacy, Edwin was in private practice in Connecticut. He has worked with the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Services, providing support for individuals and families involved with the foster care system; and with the Department of Children and Families as an Investigations and Treatment Social Worker on child abuse investigations. Edwin has held faculty positions at the UConn School of Social Work and at Capital Community College.