The Camp Laurelwood Team is Growing!

We are pleased to announce the newest members of the Camp Laurelwood professional staff. Jennifer Gelband joins our team as the Director of Community Outreach and Engagement.  Jennifer is originally from New Haven, CT. She worked around the country as a journalist, publicist and corporate marketing professional for years before returning to CT and focusing her efforts on nonprofit work in the Greater New Haven area. She is a second-generation Camp Laurelwood alum and attended for five years. Her camp experience also includes high school and college summers teaching swimming and lifeguarding at a Jewish day camp in the area. She loves Camp Laurelwood and is excited to be working in the off! She also loves spending time with her husband and two young children, playing board games, running, hiking, and enjoying magic shows and pizza bagels.

Taylor McLeod is our new Director of Development. Taylor has over 10 years of experience in political campaigns with the majority of those years focused on fundraising. Originally from Charleston, SC, Taylor's career has allowed her to live all over the country in places like Colorado, Virginia and California. Before joining Camp Laurelwood she spent the last year consulting on fundraising efforts for multiple Connecticut races from the mayoral level all the way to gubernatorial.  She moved to the New Haven area 2 years ago from Columbia, MO with her fiancé, Mary Kate who is an Engineer with Unilever. They recently bought a house in Hamden where they live with their dog, Blanche and their cat, Billy Jean. Taylor is thrilled to join the Camp Laurelwood team and is excited to help support an organization that has brought so much joy to thousands of campers throughout our 81 years.

The future of Laurelwood continues to look bright and with the addition of Jennifer and Taylor, we will be able to broaden our community engagement efforts.  Laurelwood is a second home to so many people and we want to continue to spread the word about how incredible our camp truly is.  Jennifer and Taylor both come to camp with this mind and will work tirelessly to ensure Laurelwood continues to grow.

I encourage you to reach out to Jennifer ( and Taylor ( if you have any questions or just to say hi.