The Hartford Land Bank identifies and acquires vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent and/or distressed properties in the City of Hartford, Connecticut, to steward their rehabilitation and return to productive community assets. Hartford Land Bank, Inc. is a non-profit corporation.

Arunan Arulampalam, Chief Executive Officer

Arunan Arulampalam is the current CEO of the Hartford Land Bank. Previously he served as Deputy Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection, and as a Corporate Attorney at the Hartford-based law firm of Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, P.C. He lives in Hartford with his wife and four children and serves on the Boards of the Hartford Public Library and Forge City Works, the Community Advisory Committee of the Connecticut Health Foundation, and as a Commissioner on the Hartford Redevelopment Authority and the Charter Review Commission. Arunan earned his B.A. in International Studies from Emory University and his J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.

photo of Hartford Land Bank CEO Arunan Arulampalam. Photo by: Christopher Capozziello

Staff Members


Yahaira Escribano, Finance & Programs Officer

Yahaira Escribano is the Finance & Programs Officer for the Hartford Land Bank.

She was born, raised, and still resides in the North End of Hartford. Yahaira was the first person in her family to make it past the tenth grade, eventually earning a B.S. degree in Urban and Community Studies and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, both from the University of Connecticut.

For the past several years, Yahaira has connected local residents with needed nutritional assistance through her work at CT Foodshare and local students with educational scholarships through her work with the Hartford Promise. She wants to continue building bridges between community members and the assistance they may need to not just survive but thrive. In her new role at the Land Bank, Yahaira will do that by helping to create a sustainable pipeline of local developers and homeowners. She eventually wants to become a homeowner herself in her beloved North End community.

Yahaira deeply believes the Hartford Land Bank can be a catalyst for community members to create generational wealth and break the cycle of poverty, particularly in North End neighborhoods.


Luz Holmes, Operations Coordinator

Luz Holmes is the Operations Coordinator for the Hartford Land Bank; Luz is also the Financial Stability Manager at the United Way of Greater New Haven.

Previously, Luz was the Community Liaison for the Mayor’s Office, City of Hartford, and held a Financial Navigator position with the CT Association for Human Services.

Luz serves her community as President of the Urban League of Greater Hartford Young Professionals Chapter and as Chair & President of the Upper Albany Neighborhood Revitalization Zone (NRZ).

Luz received her B.S. in Public Health from the University of Saint Joseph in 2017 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Executive Leadership and International Relations at Liberty University. Luz is the Proud Founder and Chief Revolutionary of The L.I.G.H.T LLC and holds a variety of board positions for organizations in the Greater Hartford area.

Board of Directors


Melvyn Colon, Chairperson

Melvyn is the Executive Director of Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance and lives in the South End neighborhood of Hartford.


Steve Harris, Vice Chairperson

Steve is a retired City of Hartford firefighter and lives in the Northeast neighborhood of Hartford.


Rex Fowler, Treasurer

Rex is the President of the Hartford Community Loan Fund and lives in the Northeast neighborhood of Hartford.


Jim Horan

Jim is Executive Director of Local Initiatives Support Corporation.


Raul Irizarry

Raul is a landscape architect and the Project Manager for the Art-Box Lot and lives in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford.


Judith Rothschild

Judith is the Director of Blight Remediation for the City of Hartford.


Violette Haldane

Violette is a realtor serving the Greater Hartford community.