About Justin

Justin Elicker is serving his first term as New Haven’s 51st elected Mayor. Since taking office, he has led the city with a singular focus: create a city where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, no matter which neighborhood you live in.

Within weeks of taking office, Mayor Elicker has led New Haven’s COVID-19 response. Early in the pandemic, Mayor Elicker took decisive action to keep people safe, New Haven declared a state of emergency, closed schools, and decompressed homeless shelters by utilizing hotel vacancies. New Haven provided widespread free testing and implemented a contact tracing program to slow the spread of the virus.

And now, Mayor Elicker has put New Haven on a path toward recovery. New Haven was the first city in Connecticut to safely reopen its municipal buildings, and is leading in the effort to launch mass vaccinations.

Beyond the Coronavirus, Mayor Elicker and his team have worked to make New Haven a safer, more equitable, and prosperous community. Under his leadership, New Haven has:


  • Re-housed over 300 individuals experiencing homelessness;

  • Bridged the digital divide by ensuring every New Haven Public School child has a computer and free internet access;

  • Stepped up efforts to stop illegal dirt bike and ATV riders with a new ordinance;

  • Increased job training with a Construction Jobs Pipeline program;

  • Fought for environmental justice by preventing the expansion of a waste plant;

  • Strengthened New Haven’s sanctuary city protections for undocumented immigrants.

While public health and economic recovery remain top priorities for the Elicker Administration, implementing a Housing For All Policy and stabilizing New Haven’s long term fiscal health by advocating changes to PILOT will be top priorities in the weeks and months to come.

Mayor Elicker is a Connecticut native. He attended public school, graduated with a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont, and earned both a Master’s in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment. Prior to being elected Mayor, Elicker served as a New Haven Alder. He also worked in the U.S. Foreign Services, has been an elementary and high school teacher, and served for three years as an adjunct
professor of education policy at Southern Connecticut State University. He spends as much time as he can with his wife, Natalie, and daughters Molly and April.