HARTFORD, Connecticut – West Hartford resident Andy Fleischmann, who has been CEO at Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2011, has been named president and CEO of the newly formed Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut.
The result of the recent merger of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut, two long-standing Connecticut youth mentoring organizations, the new organization plans to create more mentoring matches than ever before between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles) ages five through young adulthood in communities across the state. The combined organization will operate under a new agreement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s oldest, largest mentoring network.
Before joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Fleischmann was Chief Operating Officer of SpeedReading People and a 12-term state Representative who served as House chairman of the Education Committee. He, his wife Caroline and their two daughters reside in West Hartford.
“I’d like to commend the Boards of Directors and staffs of the Big Brothers Big Sisters teams at both Nutmeg and Southwestern Connecticut for the countless hours of mentoring support they’ve provided to children, families and volunteers in our state,” Fleischmann said. “As we begin implementation of this historic merger, we’re looking forward to building a statewide organization that offers proven Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring services to more children than ever before. We’re excited to strengthen existing relationships with supporters and partners while also seeking out new partnerships that help us enroll more children, volunteers and families.”
With the merger, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut now serves children and families in all of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities. The newly formed organization has a central office at 30 Laurel St. in Hartford, and satellite offices at 2470 Fairfield Ave. in Bridgeport and 66 Franklin St. in Norwich.
Main Photo: Andy Fleischmann (l) with “little brother” Colby and “big sister” Emily Rosen.