Ricardo Henriquez

Ricardo Henriquez

Hartford Workforce Leaders Academy, Class of 2017-18, Economic Opportunities Program

Director, Workforce Solutions, Hartford, CT

Ricardo Henriquez is the director of Workforce Solutions Collaborative of Metro Hartford. Workforce Solutions is a funders’ collaborative committed to developing an educated, economically self-sufficient workforce that meets employer needs. In the past 10 years, the collaborative has connected 775 job-seekers with Career Readiness certification and industry-recognized credential, and 290 of those credentialed job-seekers gained new employment. 1184 incumbent workers have completed occupational skill training.

Previously, Ricardo worked for four years at United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut as a Senior Community Investment Manager overseeing Income and Financial Security. He also worked as a community and political organizer for United Here at Yale.

Ricardo has a degree in Journalism and Communication and a master’s degree in Nonprofit Management. He also has 16 years of experience in the areas of community organizing, communications, project management and community engagement.

Ricardo is also a fiction author. His first novel, “The Catcher’s Trap,” was published in November of 2015. His upcoming novel, “Bad Medicine,” will be in bookstores in 2019.

Ricardo Henriquez is a member of the Hartford Workforce Leaders Academy, Class of 2017-18, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at as.pn/eofn.