James H. Gatling, Ph.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer
(203) 575-4202

Dr. James H. Gatling - President & Chief Executive Officer of New Opportunities Inc.Dr. Gatling is a highly influential and respected leader in the community based organization field and has been a strong voice for change in his own organization and at the state, regional and national levels. He has served as President & CEO of New Opportunities, Inc., a community action agency serving the Waterbury, Meriden and Torrington, Connecticut areas since 1979.

Dr. Gatling has employed a blend of operational expertise with his ability to develop relationships among culturally diverse groups, strong team building and consensus building skills and persistence to achieve a dramatic expansion of programming in the New Opportunities, Inc. service area and make significant contributions as well to the development and implementation of statewide and regional community action programs.

He has been an active member in many professional, community and fraternal organizations. More of the most recent participation includes:

  • Immediate Past Chairman - Waterbury Regional Chamber Board of Directors;
  • President-Connecticut Association for Community Action;
  • Waterbury Hospital Board of Trustees;
  • Waterbury Development Corporation Board of Directors;
  • Waterbury Palace Theatre Board of Directors;
  • Low-Income Energy Advisory Board;
  • Naugatuck Valley Community College Foundation;
  • Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education;
  • State of Connecticut Commission on Health Equity;
  • United Way of Greater Waterbury Board of Directors;
  • CT Association of Human Services Board of Directors;
  • The Country Club of Waterbury;
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity;
  • The Grand Lodge of CT Free & Accepted Masons - 33° Mason;
  • Goodwill Lodge of Elks #1325;
  • Life Member- Waterbury Chapter of NAACP;
  • Founder & Chairman - Afro-Latin-Indian Festival & Scholarship;
  • Founder & Chairman - Bobby Bonds Memorial Scholarship Classic.

In 2008, he was awarded the Malcolm Baldrige Leadership Award by the Waterbury Regional Chamber and was honored in 2011 as the Waterbury Black Mayor for the Day. In addition to being named one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in CT in 2010, 2011 and 2014 by the Connecticut Conference of the NAACP, he received their Roy Wilkins Humanitarian Award in 2012.


Dr. Gatling received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from LaSalle University, his MBA in Management from the University of New Haven and a BA in Chemistry from Hampton Institute. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in Humane Letters from the Teikyo Post University.

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