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. Lee High School in 1981 and received a Cum Laude diploma from the University of New Haven in 1985 with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Accounting.
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.
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.
Melissa Mason serves as the Executive Director of New Haven Works. Melissa holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and African American Studies from Yale University. While finishing her Ph.D. and after graduating, Melissa worked as an organizer and researcher for UNITE HERE. During this time she worked on campaigns in New Haven, Vancouver, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. This work was closely aligned to her academic research, which focused on how community-union partnerships strengthen unions and expand economic opportunities for communities.
Ingrid Derrick-Lewis joins the New Haven Works staff as Executive Assistant; her responsibilities include recruiting and training volunteers, accounting/bookkeeping and performance measurements data. Ingrid entered New Haven Works as a participant in July and within a month began volunteering. As a volunteer, she helped with data entry, filing, and one-on-one assessments of new participants.
Nakisha Jones is a proud graduate of New Haven’s James Hillhouse High School. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Sacred Heart University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Public Administration from Southern Connecticut State University. Nakisha saw New Haven Works’ commitment to city residents first hand when she joined New Haven Works as a member in 2013 as a way to expand her career opportunities.
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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. In 1990 Bob became an Executive Board Member of Local 35 Federation of University Employees. Three years later Bob was elected as their President, a title which he still presently holds.
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.