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 its 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 Board of Immigration Appeals. She increased the agency’s capacity to offer HUD approved homeownership and financial counseling services. Ms. Terón spearheads The Center’s social enterprise program, BiCi Co. (Bicicleta y Comunidad), the first bike community space, bike shop, and training center in the City of Hartford.
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, and NALEO Educational Fund to register new voters and GOTV campaigns like Tú Voto Si Cuenta, Movimiento Hispano, and Our Time To Vote.
Locally, she is the co-chair of the Leadership Team of Move Up! This initiative brings together key stakeholders from the adult education community to realize our shared vision of a fully literate Greater Hartford. In her role, she strives to raise the visibility, voice, and issues of the Latino community before a system previously working in silos. She believes that by linking the silos, building on strengths, and affecting policy it will generate a stronger community for all.
Ms. Terón served two terms as the elected Northeast Council Representative to the National Council of La Raza acting as a voice for organizations serving Latinos from Pennsylvania to Maine. In her role as an advocate, Ms. Terón was appointed to the Connecticut State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. The Advisory Committee is charged with evaluating and reporting on civil rights concerns in the State.
Ms. Terón has an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Public Communication from the University of Puerto Rico, holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from Baruch College, and is an accredited Board of Immigration Appeals representative.
Ms. Terón was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has been a resident of Connecticut for over three decades and resides in South Windsor.