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

Justin grew up in Connecticut. He attended public school, graduated with a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont, and earned both a Master’s in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry. Justin speaks Spanish and Chinese.

David joins the New Haven Works Board of Directors as the Youth representative. Because David understands what it is like to be a youth in New Haven looking for opportunities, David has made a commitment to helping our city succeed and to ensuring that all of New Haven’s residents have opportunities, if they are willing to work for them.

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.

Executive Director, Talent Acquisition at Yale-New Haven Health

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.  Jorge lived in the Hill Community for over forty years and continues to be an essential part of the New Haven community.  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.

Board Member

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.