Jonathón Savage

Executive Director

A native of New Haven’s Newhallville neighborhood, Jonathón has spent his lifetime connecting to the roots of his community through the agricultural spaces within the city and its surrounding neighborhoods. Cultivating the land was a way of life, rather than a hobby, that was passed on to him by his grandparents.  This connection between food and land is one Jonathon has nurtured throughout his life and intentionally works to pass on to others.

Prior to joining Gather, Jonathón cultivated an impressive 17-year career in social services, working for St. Francis Home for Children’s Alternative to Detention (ADP), the Respite Program, and the private alternative education program Passages. He also held roles in public services as a case aide for Connecticut’s Department of Children and Families (DCF). Jonathón completed an Associate’s Degree from Gateway Community College and pursued Accounting at Southern Connecticut State University.

Jonathón started with Gather New Haven in 2021 as the Farm Manager, overseeing four farm sites, providing food to Farm Based Wellness Programs and to the New Haven community through donations and a small farm stand.  Jonathón was asked to serve as Acting Executive Director beginning December 2023.  Since then he has been guiding Gather toward its future by strengthening community relationships, supporting staff, and establishing new organizational partners.


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