Norwalk, CT – Triangle Community Center announced that its Board of Directors has hired Edson Rivas to the permanent position of Executive Director starting immediately.
Rivas, a double major of economics and international relations from the University of Connecticut, comes from a corporate background in proxy and investor relations. He has worked with many publicly traded companies across various industries on investor communications and proxy voting. Edson joined the Triangle Community Center Board in 2015 after being a volunteer at events. Since then Edson has held many committee chair positions, served as Vice President, and President before stepping down to run the day-to-day operations in July of 2020. As an immigrant from El Salvador, Edson knows the importance of the services TCC provides and the impact they have on those who use them. Edson is a proud member of the LGBTQ community and a self identified extroverted-introvert.
“It is a great honor to serve as Executive Director of an organization whose mission is close to my heart. I look forward to continuing to expand our reach and grow our programs and services to encompass the ever growing and diverse population we serve. We have some great plans for 2021 and I invite you to be a part of them by attending our programs, using our services, donating, spreading the word, and referring those who need a hand to us” says Rivas.
Colin Hosten, President of TCC’s Board of Directors, expressed his enthusiasm for Rivas’ hiring. “TCC is committed to a strategic plan organized around three important pillars: Community, Health, and Education. Few people embody a greater passion for these priorities than Edson Rivas, who has been serving TCC in multiple roles for several years, most recently as Interim Executive Director. Through a national search, Edson emerged among many highly qualified candidates as the right person to continue guiding our mission to empower and advocate for the LGBTQ community in Connecticut. This last year for us has been challenging, as it has been for so many of our clients, staff, and partners, particularly the most economically vulnerable and our Black and brown communities. For Edson, this work is personal, and we are grateful for his role in navigating TCC to a point where we are now positioned to expand our programmatic, case management, and counselling services to those who need them most. The struggle is far from over, but TCC stands ready to support our community. The TCC Board couldn’t be more excited about working with our new Executive Director Edson Rivas, and with our partners and clients—and, mostly importantly, with you, our TCC family”
Triangle Community Center empowers and advocates for LGBTQ people in Connecticut through programming focused on health, community and learning. To sign up for the Triangle Community Center Newsletter, and be the first to know our full lineup for Pride 2021 go to www.ctpridecenter.org and
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TCC is home to more than two dozen, free groups that meet weekly, bi-weekly or monthly at the center. Groups include peer support, recovery, older adult daytime programming, crafts, sober social events and youth groups. TCC’s team of highly trained client advocates assist community members with social service navigation, food, drop-in services, document updates, healthcare navigation and housing navigation at its Drop-In Center in Norwalk and at its satellite office at the Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport. TCC works to make local area providers more welcoming and affirming through education
with its LGBTQ Training Institute.
Triangle Community Center serves over 300 individuals who utilize its programs and services on a regular basis as well as over 5,000 members of the Fairfield County community who attend a TCC program or event at least once a year.