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May 13, 2024

Nonprofit Hartford Promise names successor to founding president Sugarman

Nonprofit Hartford Promise, which provides college scholarships to Hartford youth, has named a new leader.

Dr. Sivan Hines has been named the next president of the nonprofit. She will succeed founding President Richard Sugarman in that role on July 1.  

Since moving to Hartford in 2022, Hines has been the senior director at Hartford Promise. She also has been an active community member, serving on the board of directors of

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving and advisory board of Future Forward Connecticut. 

Prior to joining Hartford Promise, she was a pediatrician in Atlanta for over 20 years.

Hines was recently named a Hartford Business Journal Women in Business honoree.

“Her extensive background, passion for our community, local experience and knowledge, and deep commitment to our work made her the clear choice for our next President,” said Hartford Promise board co-chairs Walt Harrison and Bob Patricelli.

Hines holds a bachelor’s degree in American civilization from Brown University, and a medical degree from Brown University Medical School.  

Sugarman, who is retiring, founded and has led Hartford Promise since 2015, when the nonprofit was seeded with $3.8 million from corporate donors and philanthropists, including Travelers, Hartford Hospital, money manager George Weiss, Newman’s Own Foundation and entrepreneur Bob Patricelli.

Hartford Promise President Richard Sugarman (shown left) will be stepping down from his leadership role next year.

Since then, there have been more than 1,000 scholars in eight classes who have received $9 million in scholarships, according to the nonprofit. 

Hartford Promise scholarships provide up to $20,000, or $5,000 per year, for four years. To qualify, a scholar must: be a Hartford resident; attend a Hartford Public High School; earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better; have a 93% attendance rate or better.

In fiscal year 2022, Hartford Promise reported $5.3 million in assets, $2.7 million in revenue and a $1.1 million surplus, according to its most recent 990 tax filing. 

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