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Kiley Gosselin, Acting Director of Development Services

KileyBioPortraitKiley was appointed by Mayor Luke Bronin in January 2016. Prior to joining the City, Kiley practiced law with Holland & Knight LLP in the area of business tax, specifically equity financing for affordable housing projects eligible for low-income housing tax credits and various state programs. In addition to tax credit transactions, she counseled state housing credit agencies on compliance issues related to the low income housing tax credit and other federal housing finance programs.  Ms. Gosselin has also worked as a policy analyst and legislative advocate for multiple organizations on state and federal policy issues relating to affordable, homeless and supportive housing. She has also worked in the political arena on various facets of state and national campaigns.

Kiley serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance. Kiley holds a B.A. in Policy Science and Policy Studies from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Jamie Brätt, AICP, LEED AP, Director of Planning and Economic Development

JamieBioPortraitJamie plays a key role in most of the commercial development projects throughout Connecticut's capital city, from maker spaces and medical campuses to brand-new apartments and brownfield redevelopments.  She also oversees a dedicated staff of ten industry specialists.  With a decade of experience in the field, Jamie was most recently the Director of Economic & Community Development of Trumbull, Connecticut, and previously worked for a Washington, D.C.-based business improvement district and for a boutique commercial real estate development firm. She studied Economics at Trinity College and Urban Planning at Virginia Tech.  Jamie has a track record of forging collaborative partnerships with the private sector and instituting a culture of concierge-level service among her staff.  Jamie serves on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Main Street Center (CTMSC) the Hartford Business Improvement District (Hartford BID) and the Connecticut Economic Development Association (CEDAS), as well as the Executive Committee of Riverfront Recapture.   

Laura Settlemyer, Director of Blight Remediation

Laura leads the Blight Remediation Team (BRT) and brings extensive experience working with communities in the field of reclaiming vacant, abandoned, deteriorating, and foreclosed properties.  She has worked for the Center for Community Progress, partnering with Michigan’s land banks and cities, particularly Detroit and Flint, on strategies for shaping and implementing efficient, effective, and equitable policies to revitalize properties and neighborhoods.  She has also worked for the New Orlean’s City Attorney’s Office as counsel to the Department of Code Enforcement, the Department of Housing Policy & Community Development, and the Capital Projects Administration.  Laura also has experience with working on commercial litigation matters, including federal government contracts, title insurance, and commercial mortgage foreclosures.  She earned her J.D. from Emory University School of Law and her A.B. in Economics from Harvard University.  Laura grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, but she was born in Boston and is happy to be back in New England.

Donald W. Chapman, Director of Community and Small Business Development

Prior to becoming Director, Donald was a Principal Planner with the City of Hartford where he was responsible for the implementation the City’s zoning regulations as they affect development projects. Donald has extensive experience in deciphering and developing land use controls, community outreach and business engagement.  During his career, Donald has been responsible for development, staffing and organizational business management. These unique experiences broadened his understanding of development needs and impacts.  His experiences in the public and private sector in Los Angeles and Hartford give him unique advantages when site selection and entitlement processing are areas frequently discussed and his expertise can be applied. 

Donald is a professional planner with over 30 years of development planning experience. Donald holds a degree in Policy Studies from Dartmouth College. 

Dr. Elda Sinani, LL.M., Director of Licenses & Inspections

Elda SinaniDr. Elda Sinani, LL.M. is the Director of Licenses & Inspections for the City of Hartford. Her main goal is to reintegrate the online permitting, inspection process, and all code violations, which will not only be more efficient increasing the revenues, but provide better   customer service while keeping us more accountable and transparent to those we serve.

Dr. Sinani previously worked as Operations Director of the Department of Development Services where she managed successfully a multi-million dollar operation budget, multiple contracts and human resources program which resulted in cost reductions, revenue   improvement, and team building. 

Dr. Sinani has also worked as a Project Manager with City of Hartford and State Attorney in her home country.

In addition to her law degree from Albania, Dr. Sinani holds a Law Degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and a Doctorate in Law and Public Policy from Northeastern University. She has spoken and attended trainings at well-known institutions such as Yale and Harvard University on subjects of Negotiation, Leadership Development, and Conflict Resolution.

Brian C. Mathews, Director of Housing

Brian C. Mathews was appointed the Director of Housing in the Department of Development Services for the City of Hartford in January 2015.  His career with the City began in May of 2005; before becoming Director he held the position of Senior Project Manager for a variety of federally and state funded programs within the Division of Housing.  Prior to joining the City, Mr. Mathews spent a decade in the mortgage banking industry, promoting homeownership in the towns of Hartford, Windsor, and Bloomfield. In addition to formerly owning and operating a mortgage brokerage business, Mr. Mathews previously worked for People’s United Bank – where he was instrumental in partnering with the City to create a successful down payment assistance program.  The program, HouseHartford, is now responsible for creating over 1,300 new homeowners and providing $15.7 Million in financial assistance since inception.  Brian has served as a board member for Rebuilding Together Hartford and the Urban League of Greater Hartford.  He is an avid proponent of homeownership, and has conducted seminars covering topics which include budgeting & credit, predatory lending, the mortgage loan process, and small multi-family investment strategies.   Mr. Mathews is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where he was a member of the university’s football and track & field teams.  A native of Hartford, Brian has called several Hartford neighborhoods home, including the Blue Hills, South End, Asylum Hill, Southwest, and South Green neighborhoods.

Housing, Economic Development, Planning & Zoning is located at 250 Constitution Plaza, 4th Floor
   Licenses & Inspections is located at 260 Constitution Plaza, Ground Floor

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