Professional Staff

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Director for the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement
Phone: (860) 297-4256  Email:

Joe Barber has worked at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut for fifteen years and has been the Director of the Trinity College Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement for the past eight years.  Prior to his employment at Trinity, Joe worked as an environmental organizer on an urban water quality project with the Connecticut Public Interest Research Group. Joe attended the University of Connecticut where he received an MPA, graduating top of his class, and a BA in Sociology, graduating summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to his work at Trinity, Joe is involved with transportation, neighborhood revitalization and community economic development issues.  Among his current activities, Joe is the co-chair of Hartford 2000, a coalition of all of Hartford’s Neighborhood Revitalization Zones (NRZs), a member of the North Frog Hollow NRZ Committee, and serves on the board of 1000 Friends of Connecticut, a statewide smart growth education and advocacy organization.

  • Quote: "If I can't dance, it's not my revolution!" – Emma Goldman
  • Favorite Movies: Office Space, Casablanca, American Beauty, and Annie Hall
  • Favorite Books: Grapes of Wrath, Brave New World, The World According to Garp, and the Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Hobbies/Interests: running, reading, community activism, Hartford and Connecticut history!

Giuliani Lopez '11


Graduate Assistant for the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement
Phone: (860) 297-2383  Email:

Giuliani Lopez graduated from Trinity College in 2011 with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Minor in Community Action. In Fall 2011 he will begin his Master's Degree in Trinity's Public Policy Studies program. While at Trinity, Giuliani participated and led several groups including Green Campus, ConnPIRG and the TREEHouse. He is also the founder and creator of Trinity College's student run thrift shop, The Coop. Giuliani's tenure in the Community Service Office began in June of 2011 where he serves as an advisor to a variety of student-run organizations including the Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity, and F.A.C.E.S. (Friends Active in Civic Engagement & Service).

  • Quote: “The era of procrastination, of half-measures, of soothing and baffling expedients, of delays, is coming to its close. In its place we are entering a period of consequences.” -Sir Winston Churchill
  • Favorite Movie: Drunken Master
  • Favorite Books: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Outliers, and Ender's Game
  • Hobbies/Interests: biking, video gaming, arts and crafts, movies, and talking!

Nafe Tengatenga '13

Graduate Assistant for the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement

Phone: (860) 297-2383 Email:

Nafe graduated in 2013 with a B.A. in Political Science and French, she is currently pursing an MA in Public Policy. She serves as an advisor to a variety of student-run organizations including Best Buddies, Connectikids, F.A.C.E.S. (Friends Active in Civic Engagement & Service),  Relay for Life, and PRAXIS.

  • Favorite Movie: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Favorite Books:  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Shantaram
  • Hobbies/Interests: running, reading, movies!

Erinn Arbelaez

Program Coordinator for the Jones-Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program (AMP)-in partnership with Trinity College and Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA).
Phone: (860) 297-2160  Email:

To learn more about AMP, please visit the following site: Jones Zimmermann Academic Mentoring Program

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ESF-Dream Camp Program Coordinator at Trinity College
Phone: (860) 987-6209  Email: 

Matthew Proffitt joined the Community Service Office in September 2012 and has worked for ESF-Dream Camp for the past three years. As Program Coordinator, he helps more than 300 Hartford children take part in the free summer program, which Trinity has hosted since 1998. ESF Summer Camps are staffed by counselors who are local teachers or college students. Children aged 6 to 9 participate in Dream Camp's activities such as arts and crafts, games, swimming, science, geography, dance, storytelling and skits. During the school year, Matthew oversees ESF- Dream Camp's after- school enrichment program and enrichment activities, in which Trinity students volunteer as tutors and mentors.