Town Green Staff
Winfield S. Davis IV - Executive Director
Win Davis is the Executive Director of the Town Green Special Services District, in New Haven, CT. Since joining the Town Green District, he has created and implemented a number of public space programs and improvements to enhance the Downtown New Haven user experience. A lifelong resident of Greater New Haven and a proud Eagle Scout, Win earned bachelor's degrees in History and Psychology from the University of Vermont. Win is a recipient of the New Haven Business Times "Forty Under 40" award and a graduate of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater New Haven program, for which he was selected as class speaker. He received a Rising Star Award in 2012. In 2008, Win participated in New Haven winning the “All America City” award. Win currently serves on the board of the New Haven Parking Authority, New Haven Festivals, Inc. and Liberty Community Services. He is also an active member of Downtown Wooster Square Management Team, Friends of the New Haven Green, and works with The Group With No Name (TGWNN) to organize downtown events.
Daisy C. Abreu - Deputy Director, Communications
Daisy Abreu is the Deputy Director of the Town Green Special Services District, where she manages the organization's external communications, publications, and community relations. She helps create and implement promotional events that highlight Downtown New Haven as a great place to live, work, learn and play. A New Jersey native, Daisy moved to New Haven after earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Hartford and worked as a shift supervisor and branch manager for Kinko’s (now known as FedEx Office) before joining the Town Green District in 2002. Daisy serves on the boards of the City of New Haven’s Redevelopment Agency and its Facade Improvement Committee (run by the City’s Economic Development arm), the Young Men’s Institute Library and the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Daisy is also an active member of The Group with No Name (TGWNN) and has served on Artspace New Haven’s EMCArts New Pathways Planning Team, the Center Court Condominium Association, and the board of New Haven Festivals, Inc. Daisy is a recipient of the New Haven Business Times "Forty under 40" award, the Business New Haven Rising Star award and a graduate of the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greater New Haven program. Daisy is also a recipient of the 2013 Elm Ivy Award. In January 2013, Daisy received a Masters of Fine Arts in creative writing from Fairfield University, where she served as co-editor of creative nonfiction for Mason’s Road, the program’s online literary journal. Her essay “Back and Forth” was published in the spring 2012 issue of Label Me Latina/o.
Christina M. Ortwein - Manager, Economic Prosperity Initiative
Chris Ortwein is a nineteen-year downtown revitalization veteran with experience at both local and state levels and a track record of solid accomplishments in all aspects of the Main Street Approach. This experience is now being utilized in the management of Town Green District’s Economic Prosperity Initiative where her responsibilities include the design, development and management all business recruitment, retention and economic development policy programming in the district. The position includes significant interaction with private businesses, entrepreneurs, developers, commercial real estate brokers, property managers, public officials and other community stakeholders. Prior to her New Haven relocation, Chris served as the Executive Director of Newtown Corporation, the business and economic development organization that managed Newtown, PA’s large public-private investment, where she initiated and coordinated a wide range of projects, from marketing and public relations, business retention and recruitment, and public improvements. In her former capacity at the Pennsylvania Downtown Center, Pennsylvania’s only statewide nonprofit solely dedicated to the revitalization and preservation of the Commonwealth’s downtowns and neighborhood business districts, she served as the Manager of Main Street Program Services where her primary responsibilities included technical assistance, training, outreach services, educational programs, and partnership development. Chris began her career in Main Street Revitalization as the Downtown Coordinator in Bethlehem, PA employed by the Bethlehem Economic Development Corporation. In addition, she acted as the Executive Director for the Downtown Bethlehem Association. Chris has a solid background in the tourism and hospitality industries which, includes sales, marketing and management in Washington, D.C., Vail, Colorado and Santa Barbara, California. Chris received a Rising Star Award in 2012
Matthew Griswold - Public Spaces Initiatives Manager
Matthew Griswold is the Public Space Initiatives Manager for the Town Green Special Services District. His goal is to ensure excellent user experiences for residents, workers, business owners, students, and visitors to Downtown New Haven through the overseeing of the Downtown Ambassador Program vendor contract . Originally from Aztec, New Mexico, Matthew moved to New Haven in 2010. Prior to then, he was working as an Air Driller in Papua New Guinea and the Philippines. He graduates with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Science at Gateway Community College this year and enrolls in Southern Connecticut State University's Computer Science Bachelor of Science program this fall.
Tim Hamlin - Clean and Safe Program Manager
Tim Hamlin joined the Town Green District as Clean and Safe Program Manager in August, 2011. Since his arrival, Tim has led our Clean and Safe Teams on large scale maintenance projects such the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Clean Up and seasonal plantings, as well as day to day upkeep in the District, including the daily emptying of over 80 trash bins in the downtown. Tim moved to New Haven from Providence, RI where he spent five years working as an Operations Supervisor for the Providence Downtown Improvement District. Tim was born in Oklahoma and spent close to half his life living in Arizona.
Chrystal Shoup - Office Manager
A recent transplant to New Haven from Albany, New York, Chrystal has grown to genuinely love what the Elm city has to offer. After receiving her B.S. in Political Science from Boise State University, Chrystal began working in the political arena, specializing in campaign finance, fund-raising and management. Chrystal’s political work, her background in community involvement and activism, and eight-plus years in customer service, administrative support, and office management make her a vital asset to the Town Green team. Chrystal is responsible for managing the office calendar, coordinating brochure distribution, and recently established a partnership with Gateway Community College to develop a business familiarization program, allowing local shop owners to showcase their merchandise for students. Chrystal has lived in numerous cities around the country and loves exploring new places and trying new food. New Haven is a perfect fit.
Megan E. Black - Online Content Manager
Megan Black is the Web Content Manager for the Town Green Special Services District, where she maintains infonewhaven.com, towngreendistrict.com, and is the primary Tea Leaves blogger. After graduating DePaul University with a B.A. in communications/journalism, Megan moved out east to work for an organization doing “best practices” reporting for Fortune 500 companies. She returned to school in 2009 to get her M.A. in Spanish, and graduated in May 2012. She has lived in New Haven since 2008, with the exception of a year long sabbatical when she lived in Hungary and taught kindergarten. Megan loves New Haven trivia and too much drinking coffee.