Our Piece of the Pie has announced the selection of Enid Mercedes Rey as its new CEO. Rey will replace Bob Rath, who is retiring after 23 years.
“I am honored to be selected to lead this extraordinary organization,” said Rey. “OPP’s youth-first philosophy, innovative approaches, and impressive results place it among the top youth service organizations in the country. I look forward to building on OPP’s successful track record and leading the organization to serve more youth by scaling its result for greater impact and success for the youth of our community in the years to come.”
A lawyer by training, Rey is known both locally and nationally for her work in the fields of positive youth development, education, civic leadership, community-building and integration. Most recently, Rey led Hartford Public Schools’ School Choice Office since 2011. Prior to that role, she was the Director of the City of Hartford’s Office for Youth Services, Vice President at the Village for Families and Children, and Program Officer at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, where she was instrumental in the founding of the first Latino Endowment Fund. A graduate of Hartford Public High School, Rey earned her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and her law degree from UCONN School of Law. Among other affiliations, Rey serves on the Board of Magnet Schools of America and is an Annie E. Casey Foundation Children Youth and Families Fellow.
Following Rath’s retirement announcement in January 2017, a six-person search committee and John Madigan of Executive Talent Services, LLC, led a nation-wide search for his successor. Her official start date is August 15, 2017.