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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of The Community Foundation ensures that the organization is effectively fulfilling its mission by making certain that Foundation initiatives, grantmaking, investment and donor stewardship activities all support and advance the institution's mission. Per The Community Foundation’s By-Laws, the Board of Directors consists of eleven citizens of the United States and residents of the City of New Haven, or vicinity, selected for their knowledge of the charitable or educational needs of the community; members are selected by seven appointing authorities:

It is a cardinal principle of The Community Foundation that it shall be conducted in the interests of the whole community without regard to race, color, religion, sex or creed, and that, to the greatest possible extent, all interests, classes and creeds shall be represented on the Board of Directors.

To read The Community Foundation’s By-Laws in full [PDF, 656KB].

Below: The appearance of an asterix next to Board member name in the Past Board section denotes service as a Board Chair.

Current Board

Khalilah L. Brown-Dean


  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2015
  • Committee Membership: Executive (Chair); ex-officio on all committees

Dr. Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Quinnipiac University and a nationally-known and respected expert on the political dynamics surrounding the American criminal justice system. Her work stands at the intersection of law, politics, pop culture and public policy.

She is featured in the documentaries "The Color of Justice" and "Extinction" and received the 2017 Game Changer Award in Public Safety and Criminal Justice. She has authored numerous academic and popular pieces on topics such as the U.S. Census, felon disenfranchisement, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the death penalty, the politics of mental health and U.S. elections. She is the author of Identity Politics in the United States from Polity Press.

Dr. Brown-Dean is a frequent contributor to The Washington Post, CNN,, Fox News Radio, NPR and other outlets regarding issues such as American politics, crime and punishment and political psychology. In 2014, Connecticut Magazine named Dr. Brown-Dean one of its “40 Under 40,” the best and brightest among Connecticut’s Generation Next. Diverse magazine lists her as one of its "Top 25 Women in Higher Education and Beyond."

Dr. Brown-Dean attended the University of Virginia where she received a BA in Political Science. She has a Master’s Degree and a PhD from The Ohio State University, where she was the recipient of the Henry R. Spencer Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Graduate Associate Teaching Award.

Flemming Norcott Jr.

Vice Chair

  • Appointed by the Trustees Committee for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2016
  • Committee Membership: Audit; Community Strategies and Knowledge; Executive; Governance (Chair)

A New Haven native, Justice Norcott served 22 years on the Connecticut Supreme Court. Upon graduating from Columbia University School of Law in 1968, Justice Norcott worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. A New Haven native, he became co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Advocacy, Research and Planning and a hearing examiner for the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities. Mr. Norcott was appointed to the Connecticut Superior Court in 1979, elevated to the Appellate Court in 1987 and subsequently to the Connecticut Supreme Court in 1992. Justice Norcott has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2002 U.S. Peace Corps Franklin H. Williams Award and the 2003 Martin Luther King Leadership Award. He is a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, the Connecticut Bar Foundation, Omega Psi Phi and Beta Tau Boule (emeritus) fraternities and the Better Officiating Committee of the New Haven Football Officials Association. He lives with his wife, Althea, in New Haven.

Maysa Akbar

  • Appointed by the Mayor of the City of New Haven for a term of seven years beginning June 1, 2017
  • Committee Membership: TCF-MIC Board of Managers
  • Board Liaison: Progreso Latino Fund

Dr. Maysa Akbar, is a groundbreaking psychologist, best-selling author, and healer. Her work in developing and discovering the existence of Urban TraumaTM, a framework that unpacks how people of color are in a state of crisis due to oppressive societal systems, which results in feelings of anger, rage, and hopelessness. Defining Urban Trauma allows for new healing paths that empower diverse communities to unearth liberation and freedom while creating a new legacy. Dr. Akbar is an engaging and dynamic speaker on Urban Trauma, Restorative Practices, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Her seminal work has been featured in corporations with social responsibility initiatives, philanthropies that advance racial equity, nonprofits, urban school districts, and social service agencies. She brings wisdom, courage, and passion to both the learned community and a wider audience.

Dr. Akbar is a board-certified clinical psychologist and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale University, School of Medicine. She is a media expert, addressing the role of Urban Trauma in community tensions and violence, race relations, and educational disparities in real-time. Dr. Akbar represents the American Psychological Association at the United Nations where she informs psychology practice within the international community. She also serves on the board of the Connecticut Psychological Association and the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Roxanne Coady

  • Appointed by the President of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2016
  • Committee Membership: Development; Investment

Roxanne Coady is the CEO for R.J. Julia Booksellers and Just the Right Book. She founded R.J. Julia Booksellers in Madison, Connecticut in 1989, creating a business that is recognized as a national leader among independent booksellers. R.J. Julia also manages BookHampton in East Hampton, NY and Wesleyan RJ Julia in Middletown, CT.

In 2009, Ms. Coady founded a personalized book subscription site, Just the Right Book. This site has a national reach and combines the intimacy of an independent bookstore with the digital marketplace, i.e. human algorithm. In addition, Ms. Coady hosts a weekly podcast, Just the Right Book, in which she talks to the very best contemporary nonfiction authors.

Ms. Coady is the founder and Board Emeritus of Read to Grow, the largest literacy program in Connecticut. Since 1996, Read to Grow has donated more than 2 million children’s books.

Kellyann Day

  • Appointed by the Judge of Probate Court for the District of New Haven to fill the Board seat of the late James Perillo and to serve a term of her own for six years beginning January 1, 2015
  • Committee Membership: Community Strategies and Knowledge; Executive; Governance
  • Board Liaison: Community Fund for Women & Girls

Kellyann Day has been the CEO of New Reach, Inc., formerly New Haven Home Recovery, Inc. since 1997. New Reach is the parent company of Life Haven, Inc. as of August 2012. Both organizations provide shelter, housing and stabilization services to vulnerable members of the community. Ms. Day attended the State University of New York at Plattsburgh and received a BS in Psychology and has a Masters of Social Work with a concentration in Administration from The University of Connecticut. Ms. Day has served as Chair to the Board of Directors of the South Central Behavioral Health Network, and the CT AIDS Residence Coalition. She has also served as the Chairperson of the Statewide Reaching Home Steering Committee and numerous boards throughout the state including: the New Haven Early Childhood Council, the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, New Haven Mayor’s Task Force on AIDS, City of New Haven’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness, Supportive Housing Works, United Way of South Central Connecticut, and the Greater New Haven Opening Doors, Regional Alliance to End Homelessness.

Joseph Gordon

  • Appointed by the President of Yale University for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2017
  • Committee Membership: Community Strategies and Knowledge; Development (Co-Chair); Executive; Governance

Joe Gordon was born in Chicago to parents who were first-generation Americans. He won a full scholarship to Amherst College, where he completed a B.A. summa cum laude in English, and then moved to New Haven in 1970 to become a graduate student at Yale in that same field. A member of the English department faculty at Yale since 1976, he has taught courses in 19th- and 20th- century British fiction, the history of English poetry and expository writing, among others.

Mr. Gordon joined the Yale College Dean's Office in July 1988 as associate dean and was named dean of undergraduate education in 1997. He became deputy dean of the College in 1998. He has also worked with planning groups in the areas of academic support technology and digital arts media, health policy, emergency preparation and crisis response, and he has chaired task forces and subcommittees to review academic policy and practices for NEASC and NCAA re-accreditation. He played a crucial role in the re-establishment of ROTC units on the Yale campus, winning the Yale Veterans Alumni Association award for his work. He is a member of the Provost's Committee on Lesbian and Gay Studies and has several times served as chair of that committee.

His long association with Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) began at Amherst, where he was elected to membership as a junior. He was Secretary of the Alpha of Connecticut chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for over a decade and completed three six-year terms as Senator of the national Phi Beta Kappa Society. He was elected chairman of the Phi Beta Kappa Foundation for the 1997-2000 term and as national President of the Phi Beta Kappa Society for 2000-2003. He also works for the Lenfest Foundations, helping to select and mentor low- and middle-income public high school student for four-year scholarships to the college of their choice.

Joe is married to Mark Bauer, an associate director of the Whitney Humanities Center at Yale. They share a love of music, dance, theater, border collies and travel. They reside in Woodbridge, Connecticut.

Carlton Highsmith

  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2015
  • Committee Membership: Executive; Finance; Investment (Chair)

Carlton founded Specialized Packaging Group (SPG), a package design and package engineering firm in New Haven, Connecticut in 1983. By 2009, Carlton had built SPG into one of the most innovative designers and largest manufacturers of paperboard packaging for consumer products in North America. His company designed and manufactured packages for some of the world’s leading consumer brands. He employed over 600 at design centers and manufacturing facilities in Toronto, Chicago, Cincinnati, Kansas City and 7 other cities across North America. In 2009 Carlton’s company was recognized as the largest minority-owned firm in the State of Connecticut and was also ranked as high as #26 on Black Enterprise Magazine’s prestigious BE 100, an annual list of the largest and most successful black-owned businesses in the United States.

In 2009, Carlton merged his company with PaperWorks Industries, the third-largest vertically integrated recycled paperboard manufacturer in America. Carlton served as vice chairman of the board of the merged company until his retirement in March 2010.

Carlton currently serves on the board of directors of Cleveland, Ohio-based KeyCorp, the 13th largest financial services company in the United States. He serves on both the Risk Committee and the Nominating/Governance Committee at KeyCorp. His prior corporate board experience include New Haven, Connecticut-based NewAlliance Bancshares (2007-2011) and Buffalo, New York-based First Niagara Bank (2011-2016)

Carlton is founder, and currently serves as board chairman of the non-profit, Connecticut Center for Arts & Technology (ConnCAT) in New Haven. ConnCAT is a world class workforce development center, offering training programs in medical billing/coding, phlebotomy and culinary arts.

Carlton is vice-chairman of the board of trustees at Quinnipiac University. He also serves on the Yale New Haven Health System board of trustees. He also chairs the Investment Committee of the Board at the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.

Carlton is a past member of the Boston Federal Reserve Bank New England Community Advisory Board, where he served 4 years.

Carlton is recipient of many prestigious national awards and honors, including the Manufacturer of the Year Award from the United States Department of Commerce MBDA; the Black Engineer of the Year Award from Black Engineer and Technology Magazine and the University of Wisconsin Distinguished Alumni Award.

Terry H. Jones

  • Appointed by the Trustees Committee for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2019
  • Committee Membership: Community Strategies and Knowledge; Finance; Governance

Terry Jones is a lifelong resident of Shelton, where he has run the seven-generation 400-acre Jones Family Farms for 50 years. He is the vice president of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Board of Control, and a member of the Shelton Economic Development Commission. Mr. Jones also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board at the UConn College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. A passionate spokesperson for land conservation, he serves as Chairman of CT Working Land's Alliance, a wide coalition advocating for farmland preservation and healthy food. Mr. Jones is a leader in a coordinated school health initiative sponsored by the National Association of State Boards of Education, and serves on a broad-based committee to advance the development and implementation of policies to improve nutrition and the health of students. Mr. Jones earned a bachelor’s degree in plant science from the University of New Hampshire.

Fernando Muñiz

  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2020
  • Committee Membership: Audit; Development (Co-Chair); Executive; Finance

Fernando Muñiz has a long career in child welfare, juvenile justice and public administration. He is the CEO of Community Solutions, Inc., which provides community-based services including juvenile justice, child welfare, and criminal justice programs. Muñiz worked for more than a decade at the Dept. of Children and Families, most recently serving as deputy commissioner. Muñiz is also a member of the Progreso Latino Fund Advisory Committee, and is a former chair of the committee.

Marcella Nuñez-Smith

  • Appointed by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors for a term of seven years beginning January 1, 2018
  • Committee Membership: Executive; Finance; Community Strategies and Knowledge (Chair); Governance

Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith is Associate Professor of Medicine, Public Health, and Management and Founding Director of the Equity Research and Innovation Center (ERIC) at Yale University. ERIC's research focuses on promoting health and healthcare equity for structurally marginalized populations with an emphasis on supporting healthcare workforce diversity and development, developing patient reported measurements of healthcare quality, and identifying regional strategies to reduce the global burden of non-communicable diseases. She is the principal investigator on several NIH and foundation-funded grants.

Dr. Nunez-Smith is also Deputy Director of the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation, Core Faculty in the National Clinician Scholars Program, Director of the Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Leadership, Co-Director of the Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, and Director of the Center for Research Engagement (CRE) at Yale University.

Dr. Nunez-Smith is board certified in internal medicine, having completed residency training at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and fellowship at the Yale RWJF CSP where she also received a Masters in Health Sciences. Originally from the US Virgin Islands, she attended Jefferson Medical College, where she was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; she earned a BA in Biological Anthropology and Psychology at Swarthmore College.

Past Board

Bruce D. Alexander

Dates of Board Memberships: 2003 to 2009

Vincent C. Arpaia

Dates of Board Memberships: 1986 to 1987

Russell H. Atwater

Dates of Board Memberships: 1949 to 1957

James W. Barber

Dates of Board Memberships: 1980 to 1986

Howard W. Beach

Dates of Board Memberships: 1928 to 1943

Richard G. Bell

Dates of Board Memberships: 1988 to 1994

D. Spencer Berger

Dates of Board Memberships: 1945 to 1952

Richard H. Bowerman

Dates of Board Memberships: 1988 to 1994

Frederick F. Brewster

Dates of Board Memberships: 1928 to 1942

Clarence W. Bronson

Dates of Board Memberships: 1957 to 1964

Allerton F. Brooks

Dates of Board Memberships: 1939 to 1946

Theodore L. Brooks, Sr.

Dates of Board Memberships: 2004 to 2010

Carol A. Brown

Dates of Board Memberships: 1994 to 2000

Norman S. Buck

Dates of Board Memberships: 1961 to 1962

Mary Jane Burt

Dates of Board Memberships: 2002 to 2008

Emily Byrne

Dates of Board Memberships: 2013 to 2017

Sonia Caban Recalde

Dates of Board Memberships: 2000 to 2003

Alicia Caraballo

Dates of Board Memberships: 2013 to 2019

Donald W. Cellotto, Jr.

Dates of Board Memberships: 1987 to 1993

Donald W. Celotto

Dates of Board Memberships: 1969 to 1974

Terry Chatfield

Dates of Board Memberships: 1984 to 1990

Nancy P. Ciarleglio

Dates of Board Memberships: 1978 to 1986

Elias Clark

Dates of Board Memberships: 1968 to 1975

Clare Coe Casher

Dates of Board Memberships: 1980 to 1986

Jamie E. Cohen

Dates of Board Memberships: 2006 to 2012

Joel Cohn

Dates of Board Memberships: 1978 to 1978

Joel Cohn

Dates of Board Memberships: 1966 to 1973

William S. Colwell

Dates of Board Memberships: 2011 to 2017