About Justin Elicker
Justin, 38, is a Democrat in his second term on the Board of Aldermen. He has been one of the most active, vocal and effective members of the Board. He led the charge against Parking Meter Monetization, organized parents to successfully increase transparency in kindergarten enrollment in schools, spearheaded efforts to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety for the Route 34 East redesign, and has recently worked to improve how the City stops illegal dirt bike riding through New Haven neighborhoods. Justin is one of the strongest voices on the Board for long-term fiscal responsibility, government transparency, pedestrian and bicycle safety, public transportation improvements and smart governance. He has one of the best attendance records on the Board.
On the neighborhood level, Justin has worked to improve Cedar Hill and East Rock both in his capacity as alderman and as co-director of the Friends of East Rock Park.
- As co-director of the Friends of East Rock Park (“FERP”), Justin has overseen the creation of FERP’s youth summer work program. FERP has hired 21 New Haven Public School teens over the past four summers to work in the park and learn valuable professional and life skills. Since Justin restarted FERP, the group has hosted more than one hundred park workdays and social events, bringing thousands of New Haven community members together to beautify the park and get to know each other.
- In Cedar Hill, he has worked with residents and merchants to take on issues of urban blight, crime and prostitution. He has organized neighborhood cleanups and successfully advocated for Cedar Hill’s new playground and improvements to the business district.
- In East Rock, Justin has worked with residents to restart block watches, implement traffic calming, and address the hundreds of day-to-day issues where the city can improve residents’ lives.
- Justin is known for his responsiveness, availability and for his timely and relevant communications that help residents avoid a tow from street sweeping, find out about a public hearing, or participate in a community event.
Before returning to Connecticut, Justin worked for five years as a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. State Department. He was posted to Washington, D.C., Taiwan and Hong Kong. Justin had a substantive focus on U.S. economic and environmental policy as it relates to China. While working for the U.S. government abroad was rewarding and challenging, Justin decided to leave the State Department to come to New Haven because he wanted to live near his family, put down roots and get involved in a local community that he believed in.
Today, as an independent environmental consultant, Justin helps companies reduce costs. He identifies efficiencies, assists in the design of employee incentive programs and reduces companies' environmental footprint. He works with many different stakeholders, including company management, employees, vendors and outside management, and strives to find the best solution for all the parties.
Justin has also worked at Yale’s Office of Sustainability, taught high school French at the Hyde School in Woodstock, Connecticut and taught elementary school English in Taipei, Taiwan.
Justin went to public school in Connecticut. He graduated with a BA from Middlebury College in Vermont, majoring in Spanish and Computer Science. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Yale School of Management and a Master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry. Justin also spent two years studying intensive Chinese in Taipei, Taiwan.
Justin grew up in Connecticut and is passionate about making a difference in New Haven. He and his wife Natalie live on the third floor of their home on Orange Street. They met while volunteering for the Friends of East Rock Park.
In his free time, Justin enjoys renovating his home, hosting friends for dinner, playing music, gardening and taking walks with his wife and their dog, Captain.