Shelly Saczynski, CMSC Board member and immediate past chair, is retiring from her position at United Illuminating, Inc, effective December 30, 2016. Ms. Saczynski, a dedicated and passionate advocate of robust communities and downtowns, is a treasured and valuable member of the CMSC board and will stay on the board post-retirement.

For more than two decades Ms. Saczynski has quietly dedicated herself to the economic vitality of the communities in greater New Haven and Connecticut, and was recently awarded the Kenneth L. Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award by the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS).  The award is presented to an individual “whose career has greatly contributed to the advancement of the Connecticut economy.”

Ms. Saczynski, Director of Economic and Community Development at UIL Holdings Corporation, is quick to credit her team: Eileen Lopez-Cordone, Lori DeStefano, Nicole Grant, Richard LoPresti, Tom Cariglio, and Tony Bialecki.  Together,  Ms. Saczynski and her team have:

  • Invested $150K to support the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge in Connecticut. The public private collaborative helps urban communities improve economic outcomes for residents.
  • Fostered a partnership with Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund that invested nearly $200,000 to help the Loan Fund create and sustain vibrant neighborhoods.
  • Funded $322,000 for a gas utility worker-training program organized by the Capital Workforce Partners. Through this program, individuals who were unemployed, underemployed or deserved a second chance, got training for a career. More than 35 people completed the program and secured jobs in greater Hartford.
  • Organized annual employee giving campaigns that have raised $2.1 million for nonprofit groups since 2008.
  • Facilitated the growth of The Connecticut Institute for 21st Century, a nonpartisan group comprised of business and civic groups dedicated to looking at ways state and local governments deliver services.

Ms. Saczynski also chairs the board of the Connecticut Economic Resource Center, Inc. (CERC) and New Haven’s REX Development, as well as serving on the board of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. She has served on the Board of Directors of both Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.