The name Porto is truly synonymous with the Hamden Hall community because of the family's decades-long involvement with the school, not the least of which is the personal commitment of Carl M. Porto Sr.
A trustee since 1983, Carl and his wife, Terry, a former first-grade teacher at Hamden Hall, enrolled all three of their sons and later had two grandchildren graduate from the school. Carl has served in many capacities over his years as a trustee, including chair of the Legal Committee and the Committee on Trustees, and has been a member of the selection committee for each of the school's last three headmasters. Following his grandson Billy’s graduation in 2019, Carl became a Trustee Emeritus.
“To help Hamden Hall by my service has been my distinct pleasure. I have had the privilege of watching the school advance its mission and achieve a unique place in private education in greater New Haven,” said Carl. “Hamden Hall is more than a school; it is a culture that allows our students to grow educationally and socially to reach their full potential, to become the contributing and concerned citizens that the school, and their parents, can be proud of.”
The managing principal of the law firm, Parrett, Porto, Parese & Colwell, P.C., in Hamden, Carl earned his Juris Doctor in 1967 from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He completed his bachelor's degree in 1964 at Boston University. Carl has been an active member of his profession taking important assignments and positions in the Connecticut Bar Association, such as his current chairmanship of the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law; and the New Haven County Bar Association, previously serving as its president.
In addition to representing Hamden Hall's interest, Carl focuses his practice in the areas of physicians and medical practices, business transactions, zoning and land use, litigation, and personal injury law. Joining him in the practice are sons Carl Porto II 1986, who is married to Hamden Hall alumna Kimberly Gold Porto 1987, a fifth-grade teacher at Hamden Hall, and Joseph Porto 1989, both of whom are principals in the firm. Youngest son Mark Porto 1994, also an attorney, is employed in the general counsel's office of EMCOR Group, Inc., a New York Stock Exchange company.
Carl is also quite active within his community as an associate fellow, Timothy Dwight College, at Yale University, as the current president of the Quinnipiack Club of New Haven and the past president of New Haven Country Club, and formerly as a member of the board of directors of the Bank of New Haven, Citizens Bank of Connecticut and Rhode Island, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Shubert Performing Arts Center, and St. Raphael's Hospital Foundation.
Carl and his wife reside in Hamden.