Ellen Zoppo-Sassu, 53, is Bristol's first female Mayor. Elected in November 2017 and re-elected in
2019, Mayor Zoppo-Sassu has been involved in Bristol politics most of her life and has dedicated herself to making Bristol a great place to live and work. She became interested in local government
while in elementary school when she would attend city meetings with her father, who served on the
Board of Finance. After graduating from Providence College in 1990 with a degree in Political
Science, Zoppo-Sassu went on to earn a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a
concentration in local and urban government from the University of Connecticut in 1992. Previously
she had worked for the Connecticut Pharmacists Association as the Director of Communications; as
Development Director at the Boys & Girls Club and Family Center, and at the New Britain Chamber
In 2001, Ellen ran for the City Council representing the Second Council District, which marked the beginning of 6 productive years on the City Council career of working for issues of importance to working families, seniors, and children in Bristol. She quickly earned a reputation for getting things done and solving long-standing problems and issues for both the departments she worked with and
for the people in her council district. In that period, the city’s code enforcement initiative was organized, the library was renovated on time and under budget, and 3 city parks were renovated.
Elected to represent the Third Council District in 2013, Ellen serving as the Chair of the Code
Enforcement Committee which aggressively coordinated a city policy response to the sub-standard
housing issues and blight in the City. She also chaired the Task Force to develop a building and construction plan for the re-use of the Memorial Boulevard School and was also a voting member of the Public Works Board. In 2015, she also guided a workgroup to find community solutions to the community cat and feral cat issues in Bristol.
Ellen is married to Peter Sassu who recently retired as the Police School Resource Officer at Bristol
Eastern High School. They have three children, Michaela, 23, a new Bristol homeowner and
employee of the State Dept. of Probation working at the New Haven Courthouse; Zachary, 21, who
just completed 3.5 years in the U.S. Army and is currently utilizing his G.I. Bill pursuing a degree in
Florida; and Carson, 19, a student at Tunxis Community College and employee of the Boys & Girls
Club. She also currently volunteers at the Bristol Historical Society where she has worked to bring in over $1,000,000 in the last 12 years to restore and renovate the city’s first high school as a cultural and arts hub. Ellen has also served as the Host Family Coordinator for the Bristol Blues for the last 5
years, matching players with host families in the community, with her family hosting each year as well.
Others have recognized Ellen’s leadership ability as well. In May 2017 she received the Bristol
Historical Society Volunteer of the Year award. She had previously received the McCabe-Waters
Little League Volunteer of the Year Award and a Special Recognition Award from For Goodness
Sake; as well as the Bristol Boys & Girls Club & Family Center “Positive Leadership Unselfish
Service” P.L.U.S. Award. In 2020, Bristol Health named her as a Health Care Champion for the collaboration between the City and the hospital; and, St. Vincent DePaul recognized her for the work
she did during the early days of Covid19 when the Shelter was without a director.