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Lamont, Bysiewicz Announce Transition Director and Co-Chairs

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Governor-elect Ned Lamont and Lieutenant Governor-elect Susan Bysiewicz announced today the leadership of the Lamont-Bysiewicz transition at a press conference on the steps of the State Capitol in Hartford.

Earlier in the day, Governor-elect Lamont and his wife, Annie Lamont, had lunch with Governor Dannel P. Malloy and First Lady Cathy Malloy. Lieutenant Governor-elect Bysiewicz met and discussed the transition with Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman.

The names and biographies of the Lamont-Bysiewicz transition co-chairs and transition director are below.

Lamont-Bysiewicz Transition Co-Chairs

Attorney General George Jepsen served in the state House and Senate – including as Senate Majority Leader – and has served the people of Connecticut as our Attorney General for the last eight years. As a lawmaker, Jepsen was instrumental in passing legislation to improve gun safety, defend civil rights, and protect Connecticut’s environment. As Attorney General, he has been a strong advocate for Connecticut’s residents and has served as a bulwark to protect Connecticut from destructive policies in Washington. Jepsen served as president of the National Association of Attorneys General, which evidences the bipartisan respect his fellow attorneys general have for him. Earlier in his career, Jepsen was general counsel for Carpenters Local 210 and was later in private practice.

Rep. Toni Walker has represented New Haven in the State House since 2001, including as Deputy Majority Leader. As Chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee, Walker has in-depth knowledge of state and local government and is an expert on state fiscal matters. She has been a strong advocate for children and adolescents and has advanced legislation to improve public education, reform criminal justice, and protect victims of domestic violence. Walker has deep roots in New Haven’s Dixwell Congregation and has worked closely with the non-profit and business communities in New Haven and across the state.

Dr. Elsa Núñez is in her 13th year as President of Eastern Connecticut State University. She has focused on issues of equity, access to education, and social mobility throughout her career, including exploring innovative ways to close the achievement gap. Núñez believes that all individuals, including non-traditional students, should have access to high-quality public education. Prior to her role at Eastern, Dr. Núñez was an administrator and tenured faculty member at colleges and universities in New York, Massachusetts, Maine, and New Jersey. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Dr. Núñez is the first Latina president of a Connecticut state university. She lives in Ashford.

Garrett Moran is President of Year Up, a non-profit organization that provides intensive, year-long technical and life skills training to low-income high school graduates who are not employed or enrolled in an educational institution. After joining Year Up in 2013, Moran rapidly scaled the organization to serve thousands of students annually. Moran is deeply engaged in improving access to education and in helping build strong school-to-work pipelines for disadvantaged students. Prior to his work at Year Up, Moran served as COO of Blackstone’s Private Equity Group and also oversaw the firm’s corporate social responsibility initiatives. He lives in Greenwich.

Lamont-Bysiewicz Transition Director

Ryan Drajewicz, a proud native of Haddam, will serve as director of the Lamont-Bysiewicz transition. Drajewicz spent nearly a decade working in the United States Senate for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd, and is taking a leave of absence from Bridgewater Associates where he is a Senior Management Associate and part of the firm’s Core Management Team. He lives in Fairfield with his wife Kate and young son Charlie.

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