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Meet Eli

New Haven Born & Raised

I was born and raised in New Haven, and I grew up knowing I wanted to serve my hometown. My family and faith has taught me that every person has the power and responsibility to make an impact in their community. When I was younger, that belief led me to get involved in community service and activism across the city. Now, it drives my work on the Board of Alders as well as in my day job as the Legislative Coordinator at the local non-profit Connecticut Voices for Children.

When I was in high school, I tutored kids learning English at
Elm City Internationals, raised money for the Connecticut Food Bank, and served on New Haven’s Homeless Advisory Board and Connecticut’s Commission on Community Service. Growing up here and working alongside kids and families from across our city, I saw up close the impact that racial and economic injustice has on our residents and neighborhoods. I also began to understand that government was at the center of the challenges facing our city.


Giving it all for New Haven Youth Soccer back in the day


Tutoring recently immigrated students at Elm City Internationals 


Knocking on doors in Fair Haven to help people get vaccinated

Over the many years I've been involved in our community as a volunteer, advocate, and now elected official, I have listened to and worked with our neighbors in need—folks dealing with rising housing costs, the impact of gun violence, the missing links between our public schools and good-paying jobs, and so much more. At vigils and organizing rallies, at neighborhood meetings and on hundreds of doorsteps, I have heard our community's challenges, felt its hopes, and worked with residents to develop solutions to the problems we face.

The people of this city, our struggles and our hopes for a better future, are why I first ran for the Board of Alders four years ago, and they are why I’ve also been involved in public service work at the state level through my job at CT Voices for Children and as the former Director of the CT General Assembly's Progressive Caucus. In all of my work, I’ve done everything I can to fight for and represent the families I grew up with here in New Haven. And I know it takes a community to make change, which is why I make it my top priority to show up, listen, and work alongside as many neighbors as possible. We’re only going to build a safer, more affordable, more equitable New Haven by working together.

Serving on the Board of Alders is about taking on the big issues facing New Haven and being there for our neighborhoods to help solve the problems that impact us every day. I'm excited to run for another term representing Ward 7, and I can't wait to get out on the campaign trail to talk with folks about your ideas, concerns, and priorities for the next two years.
New Haven is an amazing place, and I am so proud and grateful to call it home. Together, let’s make sure it continues to be the greatest small city in America.

See you around town soon!

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