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MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES KIM OLIVER AS DIRECTOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILIES, CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND RECREATION

MAYOR BRONIN NOMINATES KIM OLIVER AS DIRECTOR FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF FAMILIES, CHILDREN, YOUTH, AND RECREATION

HARTFORD, CONN. (JULY 15, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin formally nominated Kim Oliver to serve as the City of Hartford’s Director for the Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (DFCYR). Pending approval by the City of Hartford’s Court of Common Council, Ms. Oliver will serve in an acting capacity. Ms. Oliver is replacing Jose Colon-Rivas, who has been nominated by Superintendent Beth Schiavino-Narvaez as the new Chief Operating Officer for Hartford Public Schools.

"I’m thrilled to announce the nomination of Kim Oliver,” said Mayor Bronin. “Kim brings an enormous amount of talent, experience and passion to a portfolio that's one of my administration's top priorities. Kim will be a tremendous addition to our team and will allow us to continue the great work that Jose has been doing for so many years."

In her new role, Ms. Oliver will oversee the coordination, planning, and policy related to of early childhood, youth, and recreation for the City of Hartford.

“I am excited to join the Mayor and others to help our young people and families thrive and, in turn, ensure a bright future for our city,” said Ms. Oliver.

Before joining the City of Hartford, Kim Oliver served as the Director of Youth Services at Capital Workforce Partners, providing leadership and oversight for youth workforce development. In this role, she partnered with government, employers, service providers, philanthropy, and other stakeholders to provide in-school, at risk, and out-of-school youth (ages 14 to 24) learning opportunities in career competencies, occupational skills, and work experiences.

She also served as the Director of Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative and partners with the Aspen Institute, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities, employers, service providers, philanthropic organizations, and other key stakeholders to implement a comprehensive plan that integrates education, youth development, and workforce development systems. The Hartford Opportunity Youth Collaborative addresses the needs and challenges of 6,300 “Opportunity Youth” — young workers (ages 16-24) who do not have a high school diploma or who have a diploma but are not in school and not working — and successfully reconnect them to education and employment.

Born and raised in Hartford, Kim Oliver attended Thomas Snell Weaver High School in Hartford, graduating as a Jacob & Lewis Fox Foundation Scholar. She received a B.A. degree in Economics from Yale University and an M.A. in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals.

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