The Newtown Economic Development Commission’s mission is to implement orderly and planned economic development that is in keeping with the character of the town. We seek to involve all the agencies, commissions, boards and departments and residents and business owners in Newtown which are involved in, or affected by economic development.

Contact us by email at or call us at (203) 270-4282.

Commission Members

Name Term
R-Robinson, Jeffrey – Chair 1/6/23 – 1/6/26
D-Snyder, Barbara
Vice Chair
1/6/22 – 1/6/25
D-Fallon, Valerie 1/6/22 – 1/6/25
R-Atherton, Brian 1/6/24 – 1/6/27
R-Cervero, David 1/6/24 – 1/6/27
D-Pennarola, Francis 1/6/24 – 1/6/27
R-Pertoso, Tracey 1/6/23 – 1/6/26
R-Roussas, Nick 1/6/22 – 1/6/25
IT – Bruce Walczak 2/7/22 – 1/6/25


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Jeffrey Robinson – Chairman


Jeffrey has lived in Newtown for over 25 years where he helped raise his two sons, Mason and Dana. He began his 38-year banking career at Connecticut National Bank in Bridgeport. Robinson remained with the bank through its many mergers, acquisitions and name changes including Hartford National, Shawmut and Fleet. He joined Northfork Bank, now Capital One, for a short period of time in their New York middle market lending area. Finally settling in at Commerce Bank, now TD Bank. Robinson experienced all sides of banking from new business development early in his career to problem asset management when the economy deteriorated to credit approval and underwriting. He spent most of his career in business lending in the regional and middle market segments in Connecticut and New York including real estate lending and private banking. Robinson is a graduate of Northeastern University with Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. He is Board Treasurer and a member of the loan committee for Capital for Change with offices in Hartford, New Haven and Bridgeport. C4C is a nonprofit CDFI with primary programs to broaden access to affordable housing and energy efficiency in underserved communities.

Barbara Snyder – Vice Chair


My husband and I met here in 1982, while working at Taunton Press. We relocated for work reasons but had the good fortune to move back in 2002. I have been working as a full-time real estate agent since 2003. My back ground in project management, family advocacy, marketing and development has enabled me to build a successful career. The opportunity to meet and interact with so many different people in the community has deepened my appreciation for issues relating to Economic Development.

When I am not working I enjoy walking my Labrador Ollie at Fairfield Hills, and spending time with husband, my two children and my twin granddaughters.