Elda Sinani
Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy - Graduate Studies Program
Phone: (860) 328-8050 Office Location: Hansen Hall
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Trinity College faculty member since 2020
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Ph.D., Northeastern Univ.
LL.M., Univ. of Conn. School of Law
LL.B., Luigi Gurakuqi Univ Law School

Dr. Elda Sinani is a transformational leader that elevates organizations through process improvement, building a culture of trust, and aligning technology with business objectives with 20+ years’ extensive experience developing and directing successful business models, teams and functions that facilitate operational efficiencies and positive culture. Demonstrated success leading functions across the enterprise with capability to transform and effectively restructure and organize departments to improve organizations. Adept at analyzing and implementing change management strategies across culture, technology, and people. Proven ability to partner cross-functionally to formulate, prioritize, and drive key strategies and initiatives.  Authentic and servant leadership style that nurtures an inclusive climate and generates trust, loyalty, respect, and results. Attended worldwide conferences, and spoken at well-known institutions such as Yale, Trinity College and Harvard University on subjects of Negotiation, Leadership Development, Public Policy, Arbitration and Conflict Resolution and the author of several reports and articles on human rights, public policy, leadership development, and immigration issues.

As a public policy and leadership development professor, her primary goal is to empower students to become the next generation of public sector leaders by helping them develop their intellectual skills, and understand that knowledge itself is not given; rather, it is constructed by individual experiences and interactions within a social and cultural environment.  She encourages her students to embrace their critical and independent thinking through theory and practice.

Career Highlights:
  • Currently Director of Office of Policy and Budget Management (OPM) for the City of Stamford.
  • Currently faculty member at Trinity College, teaching graduate level courses on budget management, leadership development, and public policy analysis.
  • Named added to Wall of Tolerance in Montgomery, AL and awarded Certificate of Appreciation in recognition of writings and support against hatred and intolerance in America.
  • First woman in 200+ year’s history to lead the Licenses, Building Permits & Inspection Department.
  • Woman of Influence -  Nominated by Success Magazine.