Toni Hirst is the Chief Administrative Officer at New Opportunities. Her background includes over thirty years of experience of serving the community, and over two decades of senior leadership experience.
Toni began her career at New Opportunities working as the Director of Weatherization programs and quickly progressed into a role as a Director of the Research, Development and Planning division. Today, she is Chief Administrative Officer and has full operational accountability for the agency.
In 2014, Toni was appointed to the Finance Audit Review Commission for the City of Waterbury where she is currently serving as a member.
Within the community, Toni is involved with Post University's Human Services Advisory Committee, the Northeast Institute for Quality Community Action and the Bobby Bonds Memorial Scholarship Committee. She has also served as past Chairman for the Northeast Institute for Quality Community Action.
Toni has also been a speaker and presenter at national events on issues related to community action. She was a Co-Facilitator at the 2009 and 2010 national Community Action Partnership conference, served as a panel member at the 2007 National Symposium on Poverty and Economic Security, and has presented various workshops for the Tri-State and Connecticut Community Action Network Conferences on Integrated Service Delivery Models and Leading Transitional Leadership and Organizational Change Initiatives.
Toni holds a Master of Science degree in Urban Studies from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences from Doane College. She has also earned the designation of as Family Development for Leaders Certificate from the Children's Trust Fund & University of Connecticut School of Development and Family Studies, has been designated as a Peer Reviewer by NIQCA (Northeast Institute for Quality Community Action), and received a Human Services certificate from the Hartford Seminary.
Toni has been honored with a Leadership Award from the Rivera Memorial Foundation in 2009 and the B. Bernard Gillam Award for Altruism from the Bobby Bonds Memorial Scholarship Classic in 2008.
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