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October 14, 2021

Our Piece of the Pie names long-time employee Hector Rivera as new CEO

Facebook | Our Piece of the Pie OPP CEO Hector Rivera, left, with OPP's Senior Director of Development and Engagement Karen Kakley and United Way of Central and Northeastern Conn. President and CEO Paula Gilberto.

Our Piece of the Pie, Inc. — a Hartford-based nonprofit — has tapped long-time employee Hector Rivera as its new chief executive officer, effective Oct. 1.

Rivera, who was most recently interim CEO and chief operating officer prior to that, replaces Enid Rey in the role.

The entity’s mission is to empower youth — ages 14 to 24 — to succeed in employment and education endeavors. The nonprofit says it has helped thousands of young people in their schooling and then into the workforce.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin was among those applauding Rivera’s elevation to the top post at the organization.

“I have tremendous respect for Hector and can’t think of anyone better to lead Our Piece of the Pie, which is one of the most effective and important organizations working with young people in Hartford,” Bronin said. “Hector has a deep and personal commitment to OPP’s mission of engaging, supporting, educating and mentoring young people who need that support and I’m personally grateful for Hector’s work and for his partnership.”

OPP Board of Directors Chairperson Smitesh Dave said Rivera was the unanimous choice of the board for a reason.

“Hector is the person for the job,” Dave said. “I can’t think of anyone who has been more committed to OPP or our mission for as long as Hector has. Our donors value and respect him, and he is well-liked by our impressive staff. The Board of Directors saw only one choice for this role, and we are grateful Hector Rivera has accepted.”

For his part, Rivera said in a statement that leading the nonprofit has “been a long-time aspiration of mine. But, to me, this is all about creating opportunities and better lives for the young people we serve.”

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