I’m writing today to share the news that the ConnCAN board has selected a new executive director to carry forward the work toward a better education system for all Connecticut students.


Please join us in congratulating the next leader of ConnCAN, Steven Hernández, Esq.

Steve has been a lifelong champion for the interests of children and families, having previously served as the Director of Public Policy and Research for the Connecticut Commission on Children and, most recently, as the Executive Director for the Connecticut Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity. A graduate of Bennington College and the Washington College of Law at American University, Steve initially forged his passion for building the school systems of the future when he participated in drafting Connecticut’s Achievement Gap Task Force Report and saw first-hand the inequitable access to education experienced by low-income families, particularly children of color, throughout the state.

With his deep relationships at the Capitol, his track record of working across the aisle and lines of difference to seek bipartisan solutions and his clear-eyed vision of what Connecticut’s students and families deserve, we are confident he’s the ideal leader to write ConnCAN’s next chapter.

The board would also like to thank Hamish MacPhail for the leadership he has demonstrated in leading ConnCAN through the transition period as its interim ED, and we are excited to announce that Hamish has been promoted to the role of Deputy Director for ConnCAN, where he’ll work in an essential leadership role alongside Steve to bring about the urgent change Connecticut’s kids deserve.

Steve will begin his tenure Monday, February 5 and you’ll be hearing more from him over the coming weeks.

Please join us in congratulating Steve, Hamish and the ConnCAN team on this exciting news.


Rebecca Good, Ed.D

Board Chair, ConnCAN



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