Meet Our Regional Director
Constance R. Pizarro
North Atlantic Regional Director Constance R. Pizarro has served Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated with distinction ever since her initiation at Kappa Phi Chapter at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York.
As North Atlantic Regional Director, she oversees 138 graduate and undergraduate chapters in Alpha Kappa Alpha’s second-largest region. She was re-elected to another two-year term in 2012. Connie continues to emphasize leadership training and development. She implemented a series of webinars on chapter operations and instituted sessions at cluster conferences and undergraduate roundup to further enhance knowledge of programs, policy and protocol. Through her Educational Advancement Foundation (EAF) endowment, she helps undergraduate sorors attend international conferences.
Known for her commitment to lifelong learning, Connie has sought to raise the profile of EAF among chapters and the general public by establishing an annual event that recognizes local educators and those in related fields. Her own EAF endowment was capitalized in only six months. In addition, she worked to encourage the creation and capitalization of endowments for former North Atlantic Regional Directors Anne Mitchem Davis, Idell Pugh and Erma Barron.
Innovation has been a hallmark of her administration. In an effort to eliminate Boule hospitality assessments and foster regional pride, she led the creation of a region cookbook, lapel pin and sweater set – an idea that other regions have embraced. She created a regional conference reception to recognize “Honey-Dos” and started the popular “Dine Around” to give members an alternative to the regional conference gala.
Connie also focuses on two special segments of Alpha Kappa Alpha’s membership: undergraduates and Golden Sorors. She has chartered five undergraduate chapters to extend the reach of Alpha Kappa Alpha and established an Undergraduate Transition Committee to ease the transition into graduate chapters. Undergraduate and Golden Sorors also receive discounted conference room rates. She has sought to improve communication throughout the region using traditional tools and social media.
Most importantly, Connie seeks to equip members with basic measures of transparency and accountability. She provides detailed financial reporting of all cluster and regional events. Sorors are kept abreast of the financial status of the region. Additionally, Connie ensures that all chapters are providing that same transparency to their chapter members.
Connie previously served a four-year term on the International Membership Committee, where she was instrumental in the development of the revised Membership Intake Process. Since 1995, Connie has been a member of Nu Xi Omega Chapter, which serves Middlesex and Somerset counties in New Jersey. During her four-year term as President, Nu Xi Omega Chapter more than doubled its membership, scholarship awards and programs of service to the community and received numerous regional awards. Additionally, Connie conceptualized the chapter’s non-profit organization, P.E.A.R.L.S., Inc., and served as the first President and Incorporator.
Connie has been recognized for her outstanding community service and professional accomplishments. A graduate of Hofstra University, she is Managing Director at BNY Mellon. She was awarded the 2009 and 2011 Best in Class Award by BNY Mellon, the Ida B. Wells Community Service Award by the Metuchen branch of the NAACP, and the Black Achievers in Industry Award presented by the Harlem YMCA. Her civic and community affiliations include North Stelton AME Church, the National Association of Parliamentarians and Women in Leadership (Hofstra University).
A New York City native, she currently resides in Somerset, New Jersey with her husband of 28 years, Ed, who is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated. They have two children, Cameron and Crystal, who is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha.