Meet Five Recent Trinity College Graduates Who Call Hartford Their Home

Young Alumni Living and Working in City of Hartford Help Strengthen Local Communities

Hartford, Connecticut, August 19, 2016 – Many recent graduates move to Hartford to deepen the local connections they made during their time at Trinity, while others relocate to the area to pursue new job opportunities. No matter what attracts them to this historic capital city, young alumni are finding many reasons to start their professional lives in Hartford and to become active members of their communities.

“Some great things about Hartford are that it’s a manageable size, there’s a lot to do, and you can do it on a budget. Hartford is growing into a vibrant city, and I am lucky to now be seeing that,” said Sarah Wolcott ’15.

Julia Rivera ’14 added, “If you’re looking for a multicultural city, Hartford is great.” Some recent Trinity graduates, like Rivera, support their communities in any way they can.

As young alumni enjoy the city’s restaurants, parks, and special events, they never know where they may run into another Bantam. Jonathan M. Cabral ’04, M’16 said, “I often find myself meeting wonderful new people in Hartford, then finding out that they went to Trinity.”

Jeffrey Devereux ’12 added, “I am involved with the Trinity Club of Hartford, and we are always finding ways to bring alumni in the area together. In Hartford, I meet new alumni all the time. I am surprised to find out how many of us are in the area.”

Below, learn more about five recent Trinity graduates who have made Hartford their home:

 

Sarah Wolcott ’15

​Sarah Wolcott ’15 at Trinity College
​Sarah Wolcott ’15 at Trinity College.
Degree: B.A. in history

Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware

Hartford residence: Downtown

Occupation: Admissions counselor at Trinity College: “My job involves recruiting prospective students, reading applications, and yielding admitted students to create a new Trinity class.”


After Wolcott graduated from Trinity and got a job in the College’s Office of Admissions, she decided to move to downtown Hartford, which has afforded her many opportunities for recreation. “When I moved to Hartford, I wanted to really get to know the city. I am on a kickball team through WAKA, go to concerts at the Xfinity Theatre, attend Wolf Pack games and the different festivals that happen down at the Riverfront,” she said. “I follow a few Connecticut- and Hartford-specific Instagram and Twitter accounts that alert me to new restaurants, gatherings, and activities. It’s important to go and try new things!”

While a student at Trinity, Wolcott was active on the Relay for Life committee and helped to organize Do It Day in 2014. She continues to seek out new experiences to get more involved with the city of Hartford. “If you are not active in your community, you miss out on so much. You also don’t have a vested interested in your surroundings,” she said. “I have loved getting to know Hartford over the past year by going to different festivals, performances, games, and more. Once you start participating, you see there is so much out there.”


Jeffrey Devereux ’12

Jeffrey Devereux ’12 in the Parkville neighborhood
Jeffrey Devereux ’12 in the Parkville neighborhood.​
Degree: B.S. in psychology

Hometown: Medfield, Massachusetts

Hartford residence: Parkville

Occupation: Entrepreneur and partner with Breakfast Lunch & Dinner: “We are a venture building and creative civic consulting firm whose mission is to create collective culture.”


Devereux and his partners started their company with an eye toward helping to build up the city. “There are a lot of wonderful things in Hartford, but there are many gaps to be filled and a serious need for some social glue between the citizens, its assets, neighboring towns, and even Trinity,” he said. “I was optimistic that we could fill some of these gaps and create some of this glue through entrepreneurship.” Devereux has also helped launch Hartford artisan footwear company The Brothers Crisp and the Hartford Athletic Club, which supports youth sports through a nonprofit called Active City.

“I was attracted to Hartford because I saw a lot of opportunity to add value and create new things. It has a lot of things that young people are looking for, and a lot of investment is going into making transit better,” Devereux added.

Spending time in the city has given Devereux a taste for the food and culture of the local communities. “There are some great new spots like Little River Restoratives, Bear’s Smokehouse – founded by competitive eater and Trinity alum Jamie McDonald ’00 – and Tangiers,” he said. “I am biased, but I like to think one of our ventures, the KNOW GOOD Market, a monthly street food market in Parkville, is a pretty great experience. If I had more free time, I’d be spending it in Hartford’s parks, which are pretty amazing. Riverside Park is a personal favorite.”

Like many young alumni, Devereux believes that Trinity and its alumni can play an important leadership role in the region. “I think it’s possible that if we step up to that challenge and help lead a strong community, we can create a world-class city and region,” he said.

 

Julia Rivera ’14

Julia Rivera ’14 at the Hartford Public Library
Julia Rivera ’14 at the Hartford Public Library.​
Degree: B.A. in economics, sociology, and urban studies

Hometown: Silver Spring, Maryland

Hartford residence: Frog Hollow

Occupation: Community relations manager at Trinity College: “I look to develop and support opportunities for collaboration between the Trinity community and community stakeholders at the neighborhood and city level.”


As a student, Rivera was involved with the Boys & Girls Club and participated in Community Learning Initiative courses that introduced her to many different parts of the city. Through her job at Trinity, she has built relationships with local Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (NRZs). “I have met welcoming and engaged residents who are working to improve their neighborhoods and the city. I have learned so much about how to be an active, involved, and aware citizen from their efforts,” Rivera said. “Being active can also mean more than simply voting or fighting for a cause that interests you; it can be making a conscious effort to support the city by attending local events and patronizing local businesses.”

Getting to know the city has also led Rivera to discover some memorable experiences. “Andrea’s on Franklin Avenue serves the best Puerto Rican food I’ve ever tasted outside of Puerto Rico,” she said. “I went to the Three Kings Day Parade on Park Street and the celebration at Pope Park Recreation Center for the first time this year. They had real camels, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Rivera believes that the city of Hartford is the perfect size for recent college graduates. “It is easy to build a network and get involved in things that in larger cities might not be possible,” she said. “I wanted a chance to explore the city and to play a role in the efforts to support communities as the city moves forward and works to improve.”


Jonathan M. Cabral ’04, M’16

Jonathan M. Cabral ’04, M’16 in Bushnell Park
Jonathan M. Cabral ’04, M’16 in Bushnell Park.​
Degrees: B.A. in international studies; M.A. in public policy

Hometown: East Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford residence: South Downtown (SoDo) 

Occupation: Multifamily operations officer, Planning and Research Department, at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority in Rocky Hill: “I manage relationships with local affordable housing and community development nonprofits, create programs and products that support affordable housing and community development, and help establish policy for the authority.”


With lots of experience in neighborhood development, Cabral is currently on the boards of both the Hartford Preservation Alliance and Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford, is a commissioner for the City of Hartford’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, and recently joined the board of the SoDo Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ).

“Once I got back from studying abroad my junior year at Trinity and moved into an apartment by Union Station, I began to appreciate the cultural attractions in the city, its diverse population, and wonderful restaurants and events,” Cabral said. “Its diversity and historic neighborhoods can be very attractive to those looking for an urban experience with some wonderful homes.”

In addition to enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which goes right past his house, Cabral also attends Hartford’s Monday Night Jazz, a series of six concerts at Bushnell Park in July and August. “It can only be described as a large community picnic on the north lawn of the state Capitol,” Cabral said. “It becomes a place to meet friends, have dinner and drinks, and bump into everyone who’s active in the city.”

Cabral believes that unlike some larger cities, Hartford is a place where you can make your voice heard. “It’s important to realize that Hartford has some significant issues that require hard work to resolve... but it’s the kind of place that you can make a real impact and can find wonderful little places, both old and new,” he said.  


Julia Rubano ’14

Julia Rubano ’14 in Elizabeth Park
Julia Rubano ’14 in Elizabeth Park.​
Degree: B.A. in English, creative writing: poetry; minor in film studies

Hometown: Madison, Connecticut

Hartford residence: West End

Occupation: Inbound marketing coordinator at Can-Do Ideas, LLC in Avon: I oversee a series of campaigns and content-creation networks, as well as create content for our business and clients.”


A few months after she graduated from Trinity, Rubano took a job as a grant writer at Real Art Ways in Hartford and decided to move into the city. “I thought it’d be a good place for me to make my first home for myself,” she said. “Hartford seemed like my best bet, and as it turns out, it was.”

Rubano spent about a year at Real Art Ways, which helped her build a personal and professional network. “Real Art Ways is very encouraging of the bringing together of the Parkville community with Creative Cocktail Hour and the like, and I have a lot of Trinity graduate friends who work and live in that neighborhood or near it.” She also had an internship at The Brothers Crisp, the artisan shoe company in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood that was created in part by Jeff Devereux ’12.

Getting involved with the people and events in the community were important ways in which Rubano grew to appreciate all that Hartford has to offer. “I think that if you seclude yourself from your surroundings, you’re bound to dislike where you live,” she said. “If more Trinity alumni stayed in and around Hartford, our network would be huge. Hartford is cheap, up-and-coming, and young. Especially immediately post-graduation, this is a great place to be.”


Written by Andrew J. Concatelli