Yanil Terón has been at the helm of the Center for Latino Progress – CPRF as its Executive Director since 2007 and has served in various capacities with The Center since 2000. Under her leadership, The Center has expanded its workforce contextualized programming and presented its models at national conferences. The Center has also increased its comprehensive support services (youth, college, career, and civics programs) and it’s adult civic and educational activities while maintaining the organization’s competent services and cultural enrichment programs that foster individual and community growth. Ms. Terón has been integral in building the agency’s capacity, making it the first Latino agency in the State of Connecticut to provide legal immigration services with the recognition of the USA Department of Justice. Ms. Terón spearheaded The Center’s social enterprise program, BiCi Co. (Bicicleta y Comunidad), the first bike community shop, and training center in the State. She initiated the Transport Hartford Academy program, an arm dedicated to promoting civic engagement from the perspective of the commuters, public transportation users, and pedestrians.
During Ms. Terón’s tenure, The Center has increased its visibility by strategically engaging, collaborating, and expanding its relationships with local, state, and national organizations. Ms. Teron is a member of the Connecticut Civic Health Advisory Group, which is dedicated to increasing participation in a variety of spheres, from civic engagement to political participation to social interactions. Under her direction, The Center has worked in conjunction with the Connecticut Secretary of State, Hispanic Federation, Unidos Us, and NALEO Educational Fund to register new voters and GOTV campaigns like Tú Voto Si Cuenta, Movimiento Hispano, Ya Es Hora and Our Time To Vote
Ms. Terón is committed to seeing that the community the Center serves has the skills and competencies needed to succeed in employment, become stable members of their communities, gain civic engagement, and achieve financial sustainability.
During Ms. Terón’s tenure, the Center has increased its visibility by strategically engaging, partnering, and expanding the agency’s relationships with local, statewide, and national organizations. Ms. Terón served as the elected Northeast Council Representative to UnidosUs formerly known as NCLR as the voice of organizations serving Latinos from Pennsylvania to Maine.
Recent awards: 2017 Sharon O’Meara Award for Innovation Leadership & Collaborative Spirit by MoveUp. 2019 Cesar Chavez Award by Eastern Connecticut State University for Advocacy and Leadership on behalf of the Latino Community.
Most recently, she has become a director of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce.
Ms. Terón holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Baruch College in New York, an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico with a B.A. in Public Communication. She was a member of Quest 2004 – Leadership & Community Building Program from Leadership Greater Hartford, CT.
She has participated and served in a variety of capacities in community organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for all people.
Ms. Terón, was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has been a resident of Connecticut for over 40 years and resides in South Windsor.