Meet the Director

Robert Cotto, Jr. is currently the Director of the HMTCA-Trinity Partnership at Trinity College and a DEI Fellow. Before his work at Trinity, he was a Senior Policy Fellow in K-12 Education for CT Voices for Children where he published reports on Connecticut’s testing system, public school choice, and K-12 education data and policy.

Since starting at Trinity College in April 2014, Robert has helped faculty and students to expand urban educational initiatives. These initiatives include the HMTCA-Trinity College partnership, various Community Learning Initiative courses, and other projects that connect Trinity to people in the City of Hartford.

He taught for seven years as a social studies teacher at the Metropolitan Learning Center for Global and International Studies (MLC), an interdistrict magnet school intended to provide a high-quality education and promote racial, ethnic, and economic integration. 

Born and raised in Connecticut, Mr. Cotto was the first in his family to go to college and he earned his B.A. degree in sociology at Dartmouth College and his Ed.M. at Harvard University Graduate School of Education. In 2014, he earned an M.A. in American Studies here at Trinity College. He is serving his second term on the Hartford Board of Education and in the past has served as Secretary and Policy Committee Chair.

After returning back home to CT from college, Robert has lived in the Frog Hollow neighborhood and he recently moved to Hartford’s Southwest neighborhood. Robert writes about school choice and education policy at The Cities, Suburbs, and School Project.

Contact Information:

Robert Cotto, Jr.

70 Vernon Street, Room 207

Hartford, CT 06106

Phone: 1-860-297-4010


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