MEET THE TEAM

We’re an energized team that brings forth a wide range of skills to help our community. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to working with you! Join us!

Tiana Hercules

Councilwoman (WFP)

Tiana Hercules is a Hartford resident and proud mother to three children ages 16, 14 and 4. Tiana is a licensed criminal defense lawyer and has practiced in the areas of immigration, family law, and civil litigation. Before joining The Sills Law Firm, Tiana was a dedicated member of the Public Defender’s office. Notably, she helped lead an anti-gun violence initiative in Hartford. When she is not with her family or serving her community, Tiana can be found working out at the YMCA or enjoying a meal at one of Hartford’s many great restaurants. She lives in Asylum Hill with her children.

Email me: Tiana.Hercules@Hartford.gov

JOSH MICHTOM

Councilman (WFP)

Josh Michtom was elected to the Hartford City Council in November, 2019. Josh is an Assistant Public Defender at the Connecticut Office of the Chief Public Defender and a proud member of AFSCME Local 381. He is also one of the co-founders of the Hartford Deportation Defense Group (along with many activists). He was recognized in 2017 by the South Side Neighborhood Institute for his work raising money to acquire and repair musical instruments to Hartford Public Schools and in 2018 for volunteer work with families displaced by Hurricane Maria, which included translation, advocacy, and moving furniture. He has worked with Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez to organize and conduct community conversations on public safety and civil rights issues around Hartford, and his writing on legal and community matters has appeared in the Hartford Courant, Slate.com, and the New York Times. He lives in Hartford’s Parkville neighborhood. 

Email me: Joshua.Michtom@hartford.gov

RENATO MUGUERZA CALLE

Executive Assistant to Tiana and Josh

Renato Muguerza Calle is a community organizer and Executive Assistant to Council Members Hercules and Michtom. He has spent many years fighting for immigrant rights and economic justice as an organizer for CT Students for a Dream, the Connecticut Immigrant Rights Alliance and Connecticut Working Families. He has spoken on panels, facilitated conferences and has a degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut, but his proudest achievement has been recruiting and mentoring many of the young leaders that make up the immigrant rights movement in Connecticut today. He lives in Hartford’s south end with his partner and their 2 good dogs.

Email me: Renato.MuguerzaCalle@hartford.gov

Former City Councilwoman (WFP)

WILDALIZ BERMUDEZ (WIZ)

First elected to the Hartford City Council in November of 2015, Bermudez served 2 terms and formed our WFP team by encouraging Josh and Tiana to join her in serving the city.  She has fought around a variety of issues ranging from police accountability, housing, resources for immigrant communities, and refugee protections. In 2019 Trinity College honored her as one of “50 for the Next 50” and in 2018, she was named one of CT Magazine’s “40 Under 40” for her work in the community. She is a graduate of the Hartford Public School system with a Trinity undergrad and a Masters in Environmental Science from Puerto Rico. She now lives in New Haven with her husband and baby, but continues to provide her wisdom and leadership experience to our team when needed. 

Sophia Malenfant

Civic Engagement and Policy Intern

Sophia Malenfant is a senior at Trinity College currently working towards a double major in American Studies and Public Policy and Law, with a minor in Religious Studies. In her time at Trinity, Sophia has been a part of the several intramural sports teams, the law and society club, as well as JELLO, which is a community service and outreach club. Sophia is interested in attending law school post graduation where she hopes to continue her studies of law and policy.

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Asher Salmon

Civic Engagement and Policy Intern

Asher Salmon is recently graduated from UConn with her undergraduate degree in Political Science and currently pursuing her graduate degree in Public Policy. In her time at UConn, Asher was a part of UConn’s Political Science Organization Pi Sigma Alpha and UConn’s Democrats where she worked on social justice reform. Asher is interested in criminal justice and education reform and enjoys studying African American history. Asher is interested in attending law school where she will continue her interest in public policy and urban community studies.

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Ryan Brooks

Civic Engagement and Policy Intern

Ryan Brooks s a senior at Central Connecticut State University majoring in political science with a minor in philosophy. As an undergraduate, Ryan served as Assistant News Editor for Central’s student newspaper and was a contributing writer for the Our Times Press newspaper during the 2020 Presidential election; writing critically on issues of social justice and other contemporary events. Following his passion for social justice, Ryan was selected from a competitive pool of applicants as an academic scholar for the John Lewis Institute for Social Justice at his school. After graduation, Ryan intends to pursue a Doctoral degree in political science, where he hopes to continue his academic work exploring political behavior and social movements. Additionally, while in graduate school, he plans to start a non-profit consulting organization targeted at helping those in communities of color with an interest in Academia.

Email me: i-RyanBrooks@hartford.gov

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