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. Melendez most recently served as Vice President of Government and Community Alliances for Hartford Hospital, the flagship tertiary care center of Hartford HealthCare, a regional, integrated health care network with more than 18,000 staff members. Ms. Meléndez provides strategic leadership in government affairs at the state and federal levels and oversees Hartford Hospital’s community benefit program and strategic community outreach. Hartford Hospital plays an important role in improving the health and well-being of Hartford and the communities where it operates several offices and health centers.
She has over 30 years of experience developing public policy in education, human services, and public health. Prior to her current position, Ms. Meléndez served in the roles of 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 entry into the charter school movement; as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Public Health; and as Chief of Staff for the Department of Social Services.
Ms. Meléndez has served on the boards of directors of various local, national and international organizations. She is currently Board Chair of The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (over $900M in net assets); Vice-Chair of the State Board of Regents for Higher Education (appointed by Governor); she 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.
She lives in South Glastonbury, CT with her husband Carl Chadburn and has a daughter, Talia, in New York and a son, Julien, who attends college in Washington, D.C.