Richard Sugarman


Hartford Promise

President Richard Sugarman has a varied background including nonprofit leadership, corporate management, investment management, and extensive community engagement work. Richard is the President of Hartford Promise, a new large scale College Scholarship Fund and College Success Program.

​Prior to this he has been the Founding President of The Connecticut Forum for 23 years, an award winning nonprofit organization that brings nationally renowned panelists to Hartford four times a year to discuss a variety of timely and important topics for audiences of 2800. Richard has served on many Boards including: CT Center for School Change, Conn CAN, The Learning Corridor, Police Athletic League, and Planned Parenthood of Southern New England. He has advised and consulted with many organizations including: Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, Melville Charitable Trust, Annie E. Casey Foundation, CT Mirror, Travelers, The Village for Families and Children, Partnership for Strong Communities, Children’s Trust Fund, CT Fair Housing Center, and Hartford Public Schools. He has received numerous awards including:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Hartford Business Journal
  • The Tapestry Award, from The Hartford Courant, in recognition for bringing diverse communities together
  • Community Leader of the Year, from Leadership Greater Hartford
  • The Renaissance Award for Education, from the Hartford Downtown Council​​

He and his wife Doris live in West Hartford, CT, and have three sons: Skip, Jesse, and Scott…. all Buckeye fans.

Richard Sugarman
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