Elizabeth Sanderson

MPA Fellows, Class of 2023

Project Leader, City of Hartford


For nearly a decade, Elizabeth Sanderson has worked in municipal government in the cities of Waterbury and Hartford, Connecticut. In the Capital City, Elizabeth is a Project Leader in the Department of Development Services, and works to promote projects and policies throughout the City that result in healthy, safe, equitable, aesthetically-pleasing places where people can live, work, play, and thrive.

Prior to working in local government, Elizabeth worked in the private sector as a land planner and landscape architect. Elizabeth prepared concept designs, master plans, and construction documents for a variety of private and public projects in Virginia and the Northeast U.S., varying in scale and complexity from ¼-Acre residential properties to 1,000+ Acre mixed-use developments. Each position has offered Elizabeth opportunities to create, interpret, apply, and enforce various land use regulations and policies.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from the University of Connecticut, is a Connecticut Registered Landscape Architect (RLA), American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP), Certified Zoning Enforcement Official (CZEO), and Certified Connecticut Municipal Official (CCMO). Earning a master’s degree in Public Administration will allow Elizabeth to build upon her skills and abilities so that she may effectively improve local economies through quality land development projects, created in the public’s best interest, eliminating blight, protecting historic and natural resources, and return environmentally-contaminated properties to productive re-use.

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