Yvette Meléndez was appointed to the Board of Regents for Higher Education in 2011 and serves as the Board’s Vice Chair, and a member of the Board’s Human Resources & Administration and Executive Committees. Ms. Meléndez most recently served as Interim President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and was Vice President of Government and Community Alliances for Hartford HealthCare’s Hartford Hospital, the flagship tertiary care center of Hartford HealthCare. Ms. Meléndez provided strategic leadership in government affairs at the state and federal levels and oversaw Hartford HealthCare’s community benefit program and strategic community outreach.
Ms. Meléndez has over 30 years of executive level experience developing public policy in education, human services, and public health. She has served as Chief of Staff and Chief Administrative Officer for the Connecticut State University System. Her experience also includes roles at the State Department of Education, where she was the architect of Connecticut’s charter schools; as Deputy Commissioner and Acting Commissioner of the State Department of Public Health; and as Chief of Staff for the State Department of Social Services.Ms. Meléndez has served on the boards of directors of various local, national and international organizations. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the State Board of Regents for Higher Education (appointed by Governor), she is also currently on the boards of Connecticut Public Broadcasting, Hartford Hospital and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Most recently, she served as Board Chair of The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (a community foundation with net assets of $1 billion). Ms. Meléndez has held governance appointments for the World YWCA (Geneva), the YWCA of the USA, the Hartford Seminary, Metro Hartford Alliance, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, and was appointed by the Governor of Connecticut to participate on several task forces and commissions, including the Commission on Educational Achievement. Ms. Meléndez holds a master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She completed studies at Cornell University in industrial and labor relations, as well as the University of Hartford in public administration.