Since January 1, 2015, Howard Sovronsky has served as president & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. In this role, Sovronsky oversees the strategic initiatives and day-to-day operation of the Federation’s six main divisions, and Federation’s collaborative relationship with the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford, the Aim Chai Endowment Campaign and area synagogues. Previously, Sovronsky was interim president & CEO of the Federation.
“Howard’s leadership and nonprofit management expertise has been of great value to the board, community trustees and to our partners,” said Robert K. Yass, chair of the Federation board. “This is an exciting time for us as we move forward with a new leader whose vision and enthusiasm will help transform the Federation into a more vibrant, relevant and powerful force for our Jewish community.”
Sovronsky, a professional social worker, comes to Federation after holding a range of executive-level positions in the non-profit, public and hospital sectors. After a successful career on Long Island where he served as commissioner of mental health and developmental disabilities for Nassau County and then as vice president for behavioral health at the Nassau Health Care Corporation, he was recruited to work in Connecticut as the chief operating officer for a large non-profit behavioral health and child welfare agency.
“I am honored to take on this role in such a generous and forward-thinking community,” said Sovronsky in January. “The Federation can lead efforts to transform this community by preparing a new generation of leaders, speaking up for Israel, advocating for those in need, ensuring that the education of our children remains one of our highest priorities and helping everyone in our community find a meaningful way of expressing their Jewish identity and religious beliefs”.
“As we continue to grow and strengthen our Greater Hartford Jewish community, I encourage the emergence of a broad range of voices and visions that will foster innovation and creativity,” added Sovronsky. “Federation is a network comprised of many different organizations, institutions and programs with the capacity for creating significant and lasting positive change.”