Social Venture Partners Connecticut (SVP) has announced that two New Haven leaders will work together as Co-Chairs of the organization’s effort to build a collaborative partnership in Greater New Haven. Larry Bingaman, President and CEO of the Regional Water Authority (RWA), and Karen Jenkins, Managing Principal of Development4Good, LLC, will bring together community, business, academic and government members to help close the opportunity gap in New Haven County and the State of Connecticut.
“Many of the greatest challenges facing Greater New Haven can be addressed through the strategic application of resources and expertise found in our community,” said Larry Bingaman, President and CEO of the RWA. “Karen and I will work to strengthen relationships among leaders in business, government and the community to develop and implement strategies aimed at improving educational and career opportunities for all.”
“The nonprofit community does incredible work to support residents of Greater New Haven. By strengthening the SVP network in our region, Larry and I will help these organizations make an even greater impact,” said Karen Jenkins, Managing Principal of Development4Good, LLC. “We can help nonprofits implement proven, sustainable strategies that will allow them to grow their programs while also encouraging greater collaboration among nonprofits, businesses, education and government.”
“We can only hope to address the issues of educational opportunity, economic inclusion and equity by working together as a community. That is the philosophy that guides the work of SVP Connecticut, and I am thrilled to announce that Larry Bingaman and Karen Jenkins will be working together to strengthen our impact in Greater New Haven,” said Mark Argosh, Executive Director of SVP Connecticut. “Larry and Karen bring a wealth of experience to our mission, and I am excited to see what they are able to accomplish as our new Co-Chairs of the New Haven cohort of SVP Connecticut.”
Bingaman has worked to position the RWA as an economic driver in the Greater New Haven region, and also serves on the President’s Executive Council for Gateway Community College, the Business Advisory Council at Southern Connecticut State University, and is the founder and President of Conscious Capitalism Connecticut. Jenkins is the Managing Principal for Development4Good, LLC, a consulting firm specializing in fundraising and board development for international non-profits. She is currently Chair of the Mayor’s Taskforce on Bike Education in New Haven and on the Board of Directors of the New Haven Coalition for Active Transportation.