Meet the Lamont team
Marc Bradley, External and Constituent Affairs Director
Education: St. Lawrence University
Experience: Campaign manager for Ned Lamont
He will lead outreach to constituents across the state, including community leaders and local elected officials. He previously served as Lamont’s campaign manager, and also worked as a senior adviser to Lamont during his 2006 run for U.S. Senate.
Robert W. Clark, Chief Legal Adviser
Education: University of Connecticut and UConn School of Law
Experience: A former longtime assistant state attorney general and special counsel to outgoing Attorney General George Jepsen, Clark worked for the Hartford-based Day, Berry & Howard law firm.
He will oversee legal operations for the office of the governor and will be a top adviser to the governor.
Rollin Cook, Commissioner of the Department of Correction
Education: Columbia College (Missouri); University of Phoenix.
Experience: Most recently executive director of the Utah Department of Corrections. Began prison career as a corrections officer and advanced through the ranks.
Cook will head the Connecticut prison system and comes to the Lamont administration as a reformer with a national reputation, expected to continue reforms started under Malloy.
Ryan Drajewicz, Chief of Staff
Education: Barry University (Miami)
Experience: Special assistant to former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd; Senior management at Bridgewater Associates
Drajewicz has spent his entire professional career working arm-in-arm with two of the most powerful men in America, becoming one of their most trusted confidants. Now he enters the same role for Lamont, but don’t expect him to be a public face, though he will certainly play an influential role in the Lamont administration.
Vannessa Dorantes, Commissioner of the Department of Children and Families
Education: Teikyo Post University; master’s from the University of Connecticut
Experience: 27 years in the Department, most recently as a regional administrator
DCF’s first African American commissioner, Dorantes has deep experience in social work between her job at the Department and as an adjunct professor of social work at Central Connecticut State University.
Katie Dykes, commissioner of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Education: Undergraduate degree at Yale and law degree from Yale Law School.
Experience: Served as DEEP deputy commissioner for energy; general counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality; and legal adviser to the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Lives: West Hartford
Dykes will run an agency charged with protecting the environment, fining polluters and enforcing the state’s energy policies, including awarding contracts for clean power.
Joseph Giulietti, commissioner of the Department of Transportation
Education: B.A. Southern Connecticut State University, MBA at the University of Connecticut in progress
Experience: former president of Metro North
Lives: Coral Springs, Florida. When we spoke in late December, he was starting to house shop in Connecticut.
Giulietti, whose selection signifies Lamont’s commitment to rail, is respected for improving Metro North’s safety and reputation after a series of accidents in Bridgeport, New Haven and the Bronx in 2013 and 2014.
Colleen Flanagan Johnson, senior adviser to the Governor
Education: B.A. University of Connecticut
Experience: Executive Communications Leader for Cigna’s Chief Marketing Officer
Lives: West Hartford
Johnson was Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s first communications director, and held the same post with U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut.
Maribel La Luz, Communications Director
Education: The New School, New York; also holds a master’s degree in secondary education
Experience: Communications director for the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system. Also was previously held the same job for the city of Hartford under former Mayor Pedro Segarra.
La Luz will be the primary spokesperson for Lamont and his office, and will direct a team that manages the flow of information about Lamont’s policies and activities.
Melissa McCaw, secretary of the Office of Policy and Management
Education: Wesleyan University, B.A.; also holds a master’s in public administration from UConn
Experience: Was chief financial officer and budget director for the city of Hartford for the last three years. Previously worked in budget roles at the University of Hartford and OPM, the office she will now head.
McCaw will be the state’s chief budget official, responsible for creating the governor’s budget and also for a variety of policies across the executive branch including finance, criminal justice and outreach to municipalities.
Paul Mounds, chief operating officer
Education: Trinity College
Experience: Former director of policy for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and most recently was vice president of policy and communications for the Connecticut Health Foundation. Also worked for U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. John Larson, D-1.
Mounds, in the new position of COO, will coordinate state agencies and the way they serve the public.
James Rovella, Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection
Education: Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, University of Hartford
Experience: Retired police chief for the City of Hartford
He retired earlier this year and took a job as head of the police force at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection before being tapped by Lamont for the commissioner post.
Chris Soto, Legislative Affairs director
Education: Bachelor’s in Operations Research from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master’s in Public Affairs from Brown University
Experience: One term Democratic state representative for New London
Lives: New London
Soto, a well-regarded young legislator, will resign his position in the House before the legislature opens its 2019 session, creating a vacancy to be filled by a special election.