Cándida Flores has over 38 years of experience in the areas of human service, state and city government, corporate management, community and economic development, and leadership. After moving from Puerto Rico in 1979, she occupied various positions at the Hispanic Health Council, working her way up to executive director within a 6 year span. She served as executive director at the HHC for 7 years. From 1993 to 1995 Cándida served as Assistant to the Governor of CT in the area of Urban Affairs. In 1995 she became Vice-president for Urban Affairs at The Arrow Corporation in Farmington. Her career at The Arrow Corporation was interrupted by her need to care for her mother in Puerto Rico. While caring for her mother in Puerto Rico, she ran the Downtown Development Corporation in the City of Caguas. While in Caguas, she was commissioned by Washington, D.C.’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation to create from the ground up a non-profit housing service organization in one of the city’s most impoverished areas. In 2000 Cándida returned to Connecticut and served as Chief of Staff for the Mayor of New Haven. In 2004 she served as Director of the Empowerment People for Success Program and later as Interim President of the Connecticut Council of Family Service Agencies, a statewide trade organization based in Wethersfield, CT.
Currently, Cándida serves at the Chief Executive Officer for Family Life Education in Hartford.