On November 9 th , participants of the BHCA Promise Zone YES! Program, held a welcome reception for Mr. Jay Williams, newly appointed president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. As the U.S.Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Economic Development under the Obama administration, Mr.Williams was one of the architects of the Promise Zone initiative.
Mr. Williams was welcomed by Executive Director, Lee Hunt, and remarks were delivered by Board Chair, Victoria Fennell, and Deputy Director, Vicki Clark. The program continued with a presentation on the organization, followed by testimonials from program participants Brianna King, Carmen Vasquez, and Vicki Milledge via video from Georgetown University.
Mr. Williams regaled us with stories of his youth growing up in Youngstown, Ohio, solidly connecting to youth and adults alike. BHCA looks forward to deepening our relationship with Mr. Williams in the new year.