Since Hector joined The Village in 2007, he has served in several leadership positions including director of community programs and senior vice president. During that time, he developed wide-ranging expertise in developing and overseeing a variety of programs as well as administrative support systems, including strategy, partnerships and resource development, advocacy, and data-analysis, evaluation and quality improvement. Externally, he has been engaged with several statewide advocacy initiatives and is frequently asked to testify before the legislature on various issues related to children and families.
In recognition of his knowledge, expertise and impact across the agency, Hector was named to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer in 2018.
Before joining The Village, Hector was the Director of Youth Services for Catholic Charities and then, Executive Director of the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance. He also served as a member of the board of directors for CT Voices for Children. He earned a master’s degree in social work from UConn.
In his typical understated manner, Hector says his mission here at The Village is to “help others make a difference.”
But others have recognized his accomplishments and leadership on behalf of children. In 2013, he was honored by The Center for Children’s Advocacy as a Champion of Children. Hector was recognized for his “courage and determination to advocate for children in crisis and his leadership on major reforms in the Connecticut juvenile justice system.” He was touted as a “dedicated voice for the most disadvantaged youth in Connecticut’s poorest communities.”
“The Champion of Children award recipients have worked tirelessly to give children and youth the opportunity they deserve to be safe, be healthy, and look forward to a secure future,” said Martha Stone, executive director.
A resident of West Hartford, Hector spent much of his childhood in Hartford (after coming to the US from Colombia when he was six). Both of his parents were involved in serving the underserved members of the community; his mother started the nonprofit, Latinos/As Contra Sida (now called Latino Community Services).
What quote best captures your personal philosophy?
“To fight fear, act. To increase fear – wait, put off postpone.” -David Joseph Schwartz
What is something unexpected that most people don’t know about you?
My daughter passed a law.
What do you most want clients of The Village to know about you?
We are here to help them help themselves.