DIRECTOR OF Special PROJECTS
NoRMAN BRISTOL COLÓN
Norman Bristol Colón was appointed Director of Special Projects and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Commonwealth on August 28, 2017.
Mr. Bristol Colón works closely with the Secretary and the Executive Team on a variety of special projects and programs, such as implementing the strategic plans, serving as the liaison with the National Association of Secretaries of State and supporting outreach and communication efforts. He has a wide range of administrative and managerial duties within the Department and works in collaboration with external stakeholders and partners.
Previously, he was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell to serve as Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA). He was the youngest appointed and longest-serving executive director in GACLA’s history, serving under two governors – Governor Rendell and Governor Corbett.
Mr. Bristol Colón was one of the founders and first-elected National Chair of the United States Council on Latino Affairs – an organization formed by governor’s boards and commissions, nationally, to advance the status of the more than 55 million Latinos in the United States. He was also elected National Chair of the Interstate Migrant Education Council, a national policy organization based in Washington, DC, that advocates for the nation’s migrant children and families.
He has served as campaign manager, campaign strategist, political consultant, and staff for school board, city council, judicial, mayoral, county, congressional, gubernatorial and presidential campaigns, and most recently ran as a mayoral candidate.
Mr. Bristol Colón has been the recipient of numerous recognitions including: Most Influential Latinos in Central Pennsylvania by The Patriot News; Central Penn Business Journal's Top Forty Under 40 Business Leaders in Central Pennsylvania; Philadelphia’s and the Delaware Valley’s Latino Mover and Shaker Award; “Decades of Dreams” National HEP‐CAMP Association Outstanding Alumni Award; J.P. McCaskey High School Distinguished Alumni Award; the Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Central PA Chapter; the Latino Humanitarian Award by the Latin Cultural Diversity Group of Scranton; the Flames of Inspiration Award by the Latino-Hispanic Professional Association of PA; the International Leadership Award by ARECISE‐ Manta, Ecuador; and the Annual Leadership Award by the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Berks County Latino Chamber of Commerce, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Central Pennsylvania for contributions to the Hispanic business community.
Mr. Bristol Colón is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University. In June 2015, he was the recipient of the first-ever Doctorate Degree Honoris Causa in Community Service from the Colegio de Formación Teologica Ministerial for his service statewide and nationally to advance the status of the Latino and other underserved communities.
A native of Puerto Rico, Mr. Bristol Colón lives in the City of Lancaster where he is an active member of the community serving on numerous boards and committees.