Pledges to Make “Engagement and Outreach a Hallmark of both the Transition and My Administration”

(HARTFORD, CT) – Today, Mayor-Elect Luke Bronin announced three components of his transition. First, Bronin has established a Personnel Committee, a Financial Review & Audit Committee, and five policy working groups. Second, he announced that he will hold two town hall meetings prior to inauguration. Finally, he invited residents to provide ideas, feedback and applications to his transition team at

“In the weeks leading up to my inauguration, I am working to build a strong team and preparing to move forward with key policy proposals that I talked about during the campaign,” said Bronin. “The feedback and advice I receive from members of the Hartford community will prove invaluable during this process. Just as important as these more formal aspects of the transition process are the countless informal meetings with residents, stakeholders, elected officials, and trusted advisors, and I will continue to make engagement and outreach a hallmark of both the transition and my administration.”

Transition Working Groups:

Mayor-Elect Bronin will chair the Personnel Committee, which will review applications for employment in the administration and manage searches for individuals to fill appointed positions. The personnel committee members are:

· Luis Cabán, Chair Emeritus, Latino Endowment Fund & Former Executive Director, SINA Inc.

· Bonnie Malley, Chief Financial Officer, The Phoenix Companies, Inc.

· Robert Painter, Retired Surgeon and former member, Hartford City Council

· Lou Watkins, Former Deputy Mayor

· Shawn Wooden, City Council President & Partner, Day Pitney

The Financial Review & Audit Committee will be chaired by Bonnie Malley, Chief Financial Officer of the Phoenix Companies, Inc. The committee members are:

· Christopher Lewis, Chief Risk Officer, IFG Companies

· Mary Tzambazakis, Chief Administrative Officer, Hartford Public Library and past Chief Financial Officer, Springfield, MA

· Jason Newman, Partner, CohnReznick

· Raúl De Jesús, Hartford City Councilman

· Glendowlyn Thames, Hartford City Council Member-Elect

The five policy working groups, chaired by prominent members of the Hartford community, will share their expertise with Mayor-Elect Bronin, providing him with recommendations for action upon taking office. The policy working groups and their Chairs are as follows:

· Blighted Property Working Group, chaired by Melvyn Colón, Executive Director, Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance

· Returning Citizens Working Group, chaired by Maureen Price-Boreland, Executive Director, Community Partners in Action

· Youth Service Corps Working Group, chaired by Steve Bonafonte, Partner, Davis, Clark & Bonafonte LLC

· Recreation Working Group, chaired by Nicole Porter, President, Blue Hills Civic Association

· “Hartford Works” Working Group, Chaired by Andrea Comer, Executive Director, Connecticut Business & Industry Association Education Foundation

See the full list of Committee and Working Group Members here.

Town Hall Meetings

Fulfilling his commitment to continue to engage Hartford residents in meaningful conversation on a regular basis, Mayor-Elect Bronin announced that he would hold two town hall meetings prior to his inauguration. The first town hall meeting will take place on December 5, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Wilson-Gray YMCA on Albany Avenue, and will focus on youth engagement, youth employment, and recreation. The second town hall meeting will take place on December 15, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Hartford Public Library, and will focus on quality-of-life issues in Hartford’s neighborhoods.

Inviting Ideas and Applications

Hartford residents and others can offer ideas and feedback to Mayor-Elect Bronin through the email account This email account will also collect resumes and cover letters from those interested in working for the administration or serving on city boards or commissions.


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