Karen Dubois-Walton Ph.D.

Executive Director, Elm City Communities
Housing Authority of the City of New Haven
Leader, Community Leadership Program

Karen DuBois-Walton currently serves as the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of New Haven and President of The Glendower Group, LLC (the development affiliate of HANH) responsible for administrative, programmatic and policy direction of the public housing, housing choice voucher program, finance and planning and development activities. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. DuBois-Walton served as the Chief Operating Officer for HANH.

Previously, she served as Chief of Staff for Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. in the City of New Haven, CT. Appointed to this role in August of 2004, Dr. DuBois-Walton was responsible for oversight of all city administrative and political affairs. Additionally, Dr. DuBois-Walton was responsible for all collaborative work with the city’s municipal and state legislative bodies.

Prior to promotion to Chief of Staff, she served as the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of New Haven from January 2002 to August 2004. As Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. DuBois-Walton served as the Mayor’s coordinator of public services including police, fire, public works/engineering, parks, recreation and trees, library and human resources. These departments make up the largest portion of non-education city services with a budget of over $80 million. In addition to coordinating activities of these departments, Dr. DuBois-Walton oversaw the city’s emergency planning initiatives.

A trained clinical psychologist, prior to assuming positions with the Housing Authority and the City of New Haven, she served in positions with the State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Yale University Child Study Center. Dr. DuBois-Walton earned her BA from Yale University and MA and Ph.D. from Boston University.

Dr. DuBois-Walton resides in New Haven. She is the wife of Kevin Walton, Sr. and the mother of two boys, Kevin age 21 and Kaleb age 17. She co-leads the Community Leadership Program of the Graustein Memorial Fund. She is a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church; is a member of New Haven Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. where she serves as a Past President and Immediate Past CT State Coordinator; member of the Greater New Haven Branch of the NAACP and the Immediate Past-President of the New Haven Chapter of Jack and Jill of America; and sits on several non-profit boards including President of the Board of Directors at Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic, Secretary of the Board of Directors Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, and Board Member of the CT Association of Human Services, First City Fund Corporation and the ACES Foundation.

In 2014 Dr. DuBois-Walton was named one of The Network Journal’s “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business”. In 2011 and 2013 she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut” by the CT State Conference of the NAACP. In 2015 she was awarded the Greater New Haven NAACP’s Community Service Award.

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