City Agency Directors Discuss Innovative Management of Urban Infrastructure
This event is free and open to the public. Pizza will be provided.
Learn from Directors of Engineering, Parks, and Transportation how they are managing water, transit, and public parks towards a more sustainable future in New Haven.
3 speakers – see biosketches below
Giovanni Zinn, Director of Engineering
Doug Hausladen, Director of Transportation, Traffic & Parking
Rebecca Bombero, Director of Parks, Recreation & Trees
This event is sponsored by the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. It is free and open to the public. Pizza provided. https://hixon.yale.edu/
Director of Engineering, City of New Haven
Giovanni Zinn, P.E. is the City Engineer for the City of New Haven as of 2014. As City Engineer, he has worked on many projects focused on sustainable and livable infrastructure, including complete streets, encouraging alternative transportation options, adopting green infrastructure, designing resilient living shoreline installations, and reducing the City’s carbon footprint through aggressive energy reduction. Prior to leading the Engineering Department, Giovanni also served as a project manager for the City of New Haven’s Engineering Department and Office of Sustainability and managed environmental programs for the City Plan Department. Giovanni graduated from Yale College in 2005, and lives in New Haven with his wife Megan and their three little boys (who keep them very busy!).
Director of Parks, Recreation & Trees, City of New Haven
Rebecca Bombero joined the City of New Haven in 2007 as a Management and Policy Analyst in the Office of Management and Budget and has also served as the City’s Legislative Director, Deputy Chief of Staff and assumed the stewardship of the New Haven Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees in 2014. As the Director of the Parks Department Bombero combines her backgrounds in policy analysis, budgeting, grant writing and advocacy to help advance the Department’s mission of creating community through people parks and programing. She has helped to enhance partnerships throughout the system, build upon the departments positive presence through the addition of such things as the Friday Flicks Summer Movie Series and advocates for the neighborhood involvement and stewardship of our parks. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds a Masters in Public Administration from Columbia. Ms. Bombero lives in Westville and can often be seen out and about in the City’s parks with her dog Parker – a rescue from the New Haven Animal Shelter.
Director of the Transportation, Traffic & Parking, City of New Haven
Doug Hausladen serves as the Director of the Transportation, Traffic & Parking (TT&P) Department for the City of New Haven and the Acting Executive Director of the New Haven Parking Authority (PNH). He was appointed to his position by Mayor Toni Harp for a four-year term beginning on February 1st, 2014. Prior to that time, he was twice-elected to the Board of Alders in New Haven representing the 7th Ward in Downtown. As Director of TT&P he is charged with the maintenance and safe operation of the City’s traffic signals and signs, on-street parking meters, parking enforcement, fair adjudication of parking ticket appeals, and school crossing guards in addition to transportation planning. As Acting ED of PNH he manages over $24Million in revenues earned by over 8,500 off-street parking spaces including 18 surface lots and 6 parking structures, including New Haven’s historic Union Station. Mr. Hausladen comes to the public sector from a transportation advocacy and activism background with professional experiences in real estate management, entrepreneurship, and public health. Mr. Hausladen was born and raised on the Northern Kentucky side of Cincinnati, OH and graduated from Yale University with a degree in molecular biophysics & biochemistry. Outside of work he proudly serves on the board of the New Haven Diaper Bank and is celebrating his 10th year as head coach of the Yale Water Polo program.