Executive Board member
East Hartford Mayor Marcia Leclerc
Marcia Leclerc accepted the oath of office as Mayor of the Town of East Hartford on January 10, 2011 and was elected to her first full term on November 8, 2011. She is a life long resident, leader, and champion for the community of East Hartford.
Prior to her position as the Chief Elected Official, Marcia Leclerc served on the East Hartford Town Council for eight years from 2003 to 2011. While on the council, she served as Majority Leader and chair of Personnel & Pension, Fees, and the Budget Committees.
Before entering public service, Mayor Leclerc worked for over twenty years as the Director of Public Relations ‐ Northeast Region for Service Corporation International and most recently served as the State Director of Education for CT Association of REALTORS®.
Mayor Leclerc holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Master’s Degree from Central Connecticut State University. Mayor Leclerc serves on the Boards of Directors for many civic and community organizations and is the Founder and past President of the Friends of East Hartford Senior Centers, Inc. She is a member of Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM), Connecticut Regional Council of Governments (CCROG), Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA), Riverfront Recapture, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Executive Board Member
First Selectman Mike Tetreau
Mike Tetreau has been proudly serving as Fairfield’s First Selectman since June, 2011.
As someone who grew up in Fairfield, Mike has a deep appreciation for the many different people who live in Fairfield and all that the Town has to offer. His record of public service, going back 20 years, reflects his commitment to continuous improvement and the highest standards for the Town of Fairfield.
Mike has served on the Board of Finance, Representative Town Meeting, Town Plan and Zoning Commission, and the Town’s Financial Planning Advisory Committee, where he spearheaded the effort to develop a five-year financial and capital plan for the Town. As chair of a special committee charged with maximizing state reimbursements for school building projects, Mike ensured that Fairfield received millions of dollars it was due.
As First Selectman of one of the State’s largest communities, Mike’s strong financial leadership has resulted in Fairfield having the lowest tax increases in the last few years—while providing key town services. Under Mike’s sound management, Fairfield has benefited in having one of the best education systems in the state, the busiest libraries in the state, a revitalized Senior Center, and a thriving downtown with an array of fine restaurants and businesses.
Mike is a Roger Ludlowe High School and Princeton University graduate and is well-known for his leadership in rejuvenating Pop Warner Football. He is proud of his roots and no matter how far Mike’s career prior to him serving as Fairfield First Selectman had taken him, he has always returned to the hometown where his parents lived for more than 50 years – and where Mike’s dad was a well-known coach, educator and administrator. Mike, one of three sons, likes to say his family grew up with the Town.
Executive Board Member
New Haven Mayor Toni Harp
An abiding commitment to social justice steers Toni Harp's career. Her drive for inclusiveness, equality, and integrity is the byproduct of resonant and diverse life experiences.
Toni was raised in Salt Lake City, Utah, the youngest of six children; an African-American Baptist in a primarily white, almost universally Mormon community. Both of her parents worked to support the family: Her mother was a Teamster and worked for Greyhound Bus Lines while her father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad.
In the 1960s, Toni moved to the south side of Chicago and attended Roosevelt University. She earned a degree and began working for the American Society of Planning Officials, a position that sparked her interest in in urban planning. From there, Toni was recruited to study at Yale's School of Architecture where she earned a Master's degree.
One of Toni's early lessons about the rewards of social justice activism came from when she worked for the City of New Haven and helped organize AFSCME Local 3144, a management union, and became the Human Resources Department's first union steward.
Toni’s enduring respect for working class people has remained strong and she continuously advocates for their issues.
Toni's public service in elected office began, first as a member of New Haven's Board of Aldermen, and then, for the past 20 years, as Senator for the 10th District, until being elected Mayor of New Haven in 2013.
Executive Board Member
Stamford Mayor David Martin
David Martin was elected Mayor on November 5, 2013 and was sworn in as the 31st Mayor of Stamford on December 1, 2013.
David and his wife Judy have lived in Stamford for over thirty years. When they moved to Stamford, they were attracted by a city that offered a diverse population, the opportunity for professional growth, and a great place to raise a family. What Stamford also offered was a chance to become involved in the community, which, for David, translated into successfully running for a seat on the Board of Representatives in the 19th District. It was a seat he held for the next 26 years.
During that time, David forged a reputation as a passionate and determined legislator, who asked tough questions, built bipartisan consensus, and found effective and balanced solutions to the city’s problems.
As a result of his experience and leadership skills, he served his last eight years on the board as its President. In the past two years David served on the Board of Finance, where he chaired the financial policy committee.
David has also made valuable contributions to the several community and city boards on which he’s served. These include the Stamford Police Foundation, Stamford Emergency Medical Services (which he helped form), the Stamford Investment Advisory Committee and the Stamford Partnership’s Executive Committee.
David joined with Judy in 2008 to establish the Starfish Connection, a nonprofit organization that provides mentoring and enrichment services to low-income students in Stamford. In addition, he is a member of the Connecticut Coalition for Justice in Education Funding.
David holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University.
Executive Board Member
West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor
Shari Cantor is the current mayor of West Hartford, having been sworn into office May 16th, 2016. She is a lifelong member, advocate, and volunteer in the West Hartford Community.
Prior to her position as mayor, Shari was a member of the Town Council for twelve years and Deputy Mayor for four. There she established the first town poet laureate and was on the Finance & Budget Committee, Liaison for the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, and part of the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools.
Shari attended Aiken Elementary School, King Philip Middle School and graduated from Hall High School in 1977. She received a degree in accounting from UConn and still serves as a trustee for the University. With her degree, she has served as both a public and private accountant.
Shari is the fifth female mayor of West Hartford and is dedicated to remain as approachable and transparent as she was whilst on the Town Council. She is a mother of three and a volunteer for numerous organizations, including Rotary, the Jewish Federation, Foodshare, American School for the Deaf, UConn, and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.