David Lehman, State Development Commissioner, will leave

NEW HAVEN — David Lehman, the former New York banker who was appointed by Gov. Ned Lamont in March 2019 as the State Department’s commissioner for economic and community development, who helped the governor distribute unemployment benefits in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic Control, has resigned from his position as head of the state’s various vocational training and business programs.

Lehman will be replaced by his chief deputy, Alexandra Daum, a real estate professional and investor who has specialized in local development projects throughout Connecticut in recent years, including brownfield regeneration and opportunity zones that offer investor tax breaks.

“This is a place where it is easy to do business. It’s easy to get a decision maker on the phone, Daum said.

Lehman, who shifted gears in March 2020 to focus on the state’s efforts to deal with the pandemic, had been a partner at investment giant Goldman Sachs before Lamont persuaded him for the economic development post early in his first term in the transition of the State went from the large grants and tax breaks that were former Gov. Dannel Malloy’s hallmark to smaller, more strategic efforts to meet demand for skilled labor in blue-collar trades like welding and precision manufacturing.