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.

Carey Shea, Interim Executive Director

Carey Shea is the Interim Executive Director of the Hartford Land Bank. She has worked in community development for four decades in the areas of affordable housing development, disaster recovery, community revitalization philanthropy, federal housing policy, community organizing and sweat-equity housing.

Carey is considered a pioneer of the New York City urban homesteading program and has spearheaded programs for the Rockefeller Foundation, Home by Hand, and one of the largest Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the U.S. She serves on the board of Center for Community Progress, the only national nonprofit specifically dedicated to building a future in which vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties no longer exist, and is a leader in the national effort to pass the Neighborhood Homes Investment Act (NHIA).

Locally, Carey is a Founder of the Friends of Zion Hill Cemetery and serves as an Alternate Commissioner on the Hartford Historic Properties & Preservation Commissions. She has also previously served on the Resource Development and Real Estate Committees of the Hartford Land Bank. As a resident of the Frog Hollow neighborhood in Hartford, Carey serves on the board of the Frog Hollow NRZ and Hartford NEXT. She is the fourth generation of her family to proudly call Hartford home.


The Hartford Land Bank launched its search for a permanent Executive Director on April 7, 2021. Applications are due May 5, 2021. Click here for the job description and application information.

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.


Arunan Arulampalam

Arunan is the Deputy Commissioner at State of Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection 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.


William Breetz

Bill is a retired real estate lawyer and lives in the West End neighborhood of Hartford.