Figueroa Named Corporation Counsel in Hartford


Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra has named Juan A. Figueroa, a former state representative, assistant attorney general and founding president of the Universal Health Care Foundation, as the new corporation counsel.
Figueroa has a lengthy career in public service both as an elected official and policy maker. He served as a Connecticut legislator and assistant attorney general and was formerly president and general counsel of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund in New York City. He returned to Connecticut in 2003 when he was hired as the Universal Health Care Foundation’s first president with a mandate from the board to position the organization as a powerful catalyst for state-based universal health care reform.
“Juan is a well-respected, true expert in his field. He has dedicated his career to public policy locally and nationally and has established strong relationships with his peers because of it,” said Mayor Segarra in announcing Figueroa’s appointment. “The bottom line: Juan is a person who makes things happen, he’s an influential leader and he’ll be a great asset to my administration, residents, Council members and the City of Hartford.”
Under Figueroa’s leadership, the Universal Health Care Foundation provided seed funds for innovative programs such as the Urban Track Program at the University of Connecticut Medical School; health equity research led by the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health; and several nonprofit new media ventures. He also led the approval of SustiNet, landmark state health reform legislation.