Lamont appoints Kapoor as CHRO’s new chairman

Nick Kapoor

HARTFORD, CT — Gov. Ned Lamont chose Nicholas Kapoor, of Monroe, a member of the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities since 2017, to lead the commission as its next chairman.

“I am excited to continue working with Nick as chair of the commission,” said Tanya Hughes, the executive director of CHRO. “He brings to the role experience, commitment and razor-sharp focus. He is fully immersed in all agency initiatives, and helps propel our mission forward.”

Kapoor has over a decade of experience in public service in his hometown of Monroe. Since the CHRO chair was vacated in the summer of 2021, Kapoor has been chairing commission meetings and playing a crucial role in keeping the monthly commission process running smoothly, according to a CHRO press release.

The commission also announced two new members appointed by Governor Lamont: Attorney Tamara J. Titre and Professor Sujata Gadkar-Wilcox; and a third new member, Alex Harris, who joined CHRO following his appointment by Senate President Pro Tempore Martin Looney earlier this year.

These three appointments, which brings the commission to a full membership of nine members, are effective immediately, although they will need to be confirmed by the Connecticut General Assembly during the 2024 legislative session.

“A commission with a full membership and a chairperson is central to the CHRO being able to function at its most efficient,” Hughes said. “This is a busy and impactful state agency that needs a fully operational commission to operate at its most effective. We appreciate Senator Looney and Governor Lamont’s attention to these vacancies and the effort put into finding and appointing such qualified candidates.”

“At a time when civil rights are under increasing attack across the country, the CHRO serves an ever-more crucial role in the state,” Kapoor said. “It has been an honor to serve on the commission for the last six years and I am thrilled to serve as the chairman moving forward during this period of robust growth at the agency.”

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