Archives: Team Members

Karen DuBois-Walton, Ph.D.

Karen DuBois-Walton, Ph.D. has served as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of New Haven since 2008. As the leader of the Housing Authority of New Haven, Ms. DuBois-Walton is responsible for the executive management of all functions of the authority, including operational budgets in excess of $80 million, and capital … Continued

Shenae Draughn

Shenae Draughn serves as the Executive Vice President of Elm City Communities and The Glendower Group, an instrumentality of the Housing Authority of the City of New Haven. Mrs. Draughn also oversees our Operations and Housing Choice Voucher programs. She joined the Housing Authority in 2009. As the Executive Vice President, Mrs. Draughn is responsible … Continued

John Rafferty

John Rafferty is Senior Vice President Finance, IT & Administration for Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven (ECC/HANH).  John joined the agency in August 2017 after over 30 years of experience in corporate controllership and audit functions. As Senior Vice President of Finance, IT & Administration for ECC/HANH, Mr. Rafferty is … Continued

Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior level executive in the fields of property and asset management for multifamily, single family and commercial properties. She is a licensed Real Estate Broker and holds several industry-standard credentials in Low Income Tax Credit and Blended Financed Housing Compliance and Real Estate Asset Management. … Continued

William Kilpatrick

William Kilpatrick served the New Haven Parking Authority as a member of the Board of Commissioners, including Treasurer and Chairman of the Board, from 1987 to 1994. He was the Executive Director from 1994 until 2013. In this capacity, he served as the CEO overseeing the management of the Authority’s various garages, surface lots, and … Continued

Erik Clemons

Erik Clemons is the founding CEO and President of the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT), a non-profit organization based on the model of Bill Strickland’s, National Center for Arts and Technology, which is dedicated to creating empowering arts-based educational environments for at-risk public school students and training programs for under and unemployed adults. … Continued

Elmer Rivera Bello

Elmer Rivera Bello is the Executive Director of Casa Otoñal Housing Corporation, an agency that strengthens the Latino community and provides housing services for over 150 elderly families and grandparents with custody of their grandchildren. He also serves as the CEO/Principal Broker at Urbano Real Estate Group where he works in commercial real estate and … Continued

Alberta Witherspoon

In November of 2021 Elm City Communities held its new election for the ECC Tenant Commissioner. Ms. Witherspoon—who was the ECC Tenant Commissioner from July 2011 to July 2016, as well as New Haven's former Alder for Ward 7—won the tenant election. As the Resident Commissioner, Ms. Witherspoon will provide leadership, set policies, approve budgets, … Continued

Dr. Danya Keene

Dr. Danya Keene joined the ECC/HANH Board on December 15, 2020 and has a long track record of contributions in the New Haven community. She is an Associate Professor of Public Health at Yale University and her research broadly explores how social policies contribute to health inequality, with a focus on issues related to housing … Continued

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