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, and inform residents of new and existing housing programs. She also plans to be as accessible as possible to ensure Elm City residents are represented fairly and equitably. During her term, her top priority is to strengthen the relationships between ECC residents and staff.
"For me, community is about people coming together, working together, and being there to support each other," Commissioner Witherspoon said in a February interview. "I'm looking forward to working my hardest for residents and supporting the Elm City Communities team as we work together to build a stronger and more robust community"