Our Board of Directors is made up of leaders from business, government, labor, community organizations, and non-profit organizations. The Board meets on the first Wednesday of each month at the offices of New Haven Works.

Board of Directors

Toni was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the youngest of six children; an African-American Baptist in a primarily white, almost universally Mormon community. Both of her parents worked to support the family. Her mother was a Teamster and worked for Greyhound Bus Lines while her father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad.

Desi Kelly is a skilled maintenance technician and painter and a community leader. He graduated from Hillhouse High School and also earned a certificate in auto technology from the Technical Career Institute. Desi was appointed by the New Haven Board of Alderman to the original Jobs Pipeline Working Group in 2012, where he helped develop the plan for New Haven Works.

Laurie Kennington is president of Local 34 UNITE HERE which won a contract advancing current workers and opening jobs at Yale for New Haven residents. She is in the forefront of the community/labor alliance that helped elect union members to the Board of Alders.

Lisette Martinez is the Yale New Haven Health System’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion officer. She is responsible for the success and continued growth of the system’s diversity and inclusion efforts, guiding analysis, development and implementation of strategies to advance diversity and inclusion throughout the system.

Jorge L. Perez was born in Havana, Cuba in 1962 and came to the United States in January 1971 with his family.  After living in the Bronx, New York for approximately five years the Perez family settled in New Haven in 1976 where Jorge has been an essential part of the Hill Community now for over thirty five-years.  He graduated from Richard C.

Bob was born in the Fair Haven section of New Haven, later Bob’s family moved to East Haven.  Bob attended East Haven High School and Notre Dame then onto University of New Haven.  While attending classes at UNH, Bob was accepted into a Trades Apprentice Program at Yale University.  He went on to achieve his Heat & Cooling License and Plumbing License beginning his career as a tradesman.

Appointed in March 2018, Garrett Sheehan currently serves as President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Executive Director of the Regional Leadership Council, the region’s advocate for economic growth. Garrett also serves as President of the Quinnipiac Chamber of Commerce, an affiliate of the Greater New Haven Chamber.

Lauren Zucker is an Associate Vice President and Director of New Haven Affairs at Yale and Director of University Properties. In this role, she works to implement Yale’s strategic municipal and community relationships. Her responsibilities include managing interactions with all City departments and elected officials.