Ms. Norma Rodriguez — Reyes is the President Co-Founder of Hispanic Communications, La Voz Hispana de Connecticut (The Hispanic Voice of Connecticut): Connecticut’s largest and most respected Spanish language weekly newspaper circulating in the nine cities with the highest concentration of Latinos.
Norma came to live in New Haven, CT from Puerto Rico when she was 5 years old. She is third of ten sisters and three brothers. Her parents, Noemi and Hermenegildo Rodriguez, were farmers from Lares. They believed that education and hard work were the keys to success. Norma is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.
As Director of the Atwater Senior Center for 25 years, she traveled with the senior citizens to Italy, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, France, Holland, Germany, Mexico, Greece, Turkey, and throughout the United States. Norma is the chair of the online journalism project — New Haven Independent, and also serves on the Board of Directors of both the Spanish American Merchants Association and the INTAKE organizations.
Ms. Rodriguez-Reyes was appointed to the Latino and Puerto Rican Affairs Commission in 2003 by Senate Majority Leader Martin M. Looney. She was the first Hispanic State Central Committee Member from 1984−1988, first Hispanic to be have served as an Electoral Vote for President Clinton, delegate to the National Democratic Convention in Boston in 2004, and ran for Secretary of the State of Connecticut in 2006. Norma has 3 sons: Tomás, a UConn graduate, Andre, a Quinnipiac University graduate, and Juan Carlos, who is in the U.S. Air force. She currently resides in New Haven, Connecticut.