Richard J. Porth serves as President/CEO of United Way of Connecticut (UWC). UWC helps to meet the needs of Connecticut residents by providing information, education, and connection to services. UWC furthers its mission by providing a 24/7 toll-free call center to health and human services information through United Way 2-1-1; specialized services in child care, child development and disabilities, and HUSKY children’s health insurance. UWC collaborates with local United Ways and Connecticut state agencies to provide these services.
Richard Porth previously served as Vice President for Grantmaking for the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for the Greater Hartford region. In this capacity, he managed the broad-based, responsive part of the Hartford Foundation’s grantmaking, which awards grants to a broad range of community agencies throughout the region.
Before joining the Foundation in 2003, Rick served as the Executive Director of the Capitol Region Council of Governments for more than nine years. In his work for the mayors and first selectmen of the Hartford region, and the cities and towns they represent, he collaborated with business, civic, and government leaders to advocate and implement regional solutions to regional challenges. One area of particular focus for Rick was promoting better access to opportunity for people living in low-income neighborhoods.
Rick started his career in City government in Trenton, New Jersey, ultimately serving as the City’s chief administrative officer. He then served two appointments in New Jersey state government, as Director in the Division of Community Resources and as Executive Director of the Capital City Redevelopment Corporation. He is a graduate of Yale University and holds an MPA from Pennsylvania State University.