Governor Lamont announces plans to appoint Alexandra Daum as commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development at the start of her second term

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Governor Lamont announces plans to appoint Alexandra Daum as commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development at the start of her second term

Commissioner David Lehman will leave the civil service in January

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(HARTFORD, Connecticut) – Gov. Ned Lamont announced today that he plans to nominate Alexandra Daum as commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) when he begins his second term early next year. Daum succeeds David Lehman, who intends to leave the civil service at the end of the governor’s first term.

“Our administration is taking an aggressive approach to create jobs, attract businesses and improve economic development in Connecticut, and I want the strongest, brightest and most energetic team to lead these efforts on behalf of the people of our state.” said Governor Lamont. “For the past several years, Alexandra has worked alongside David Lehman as part of the leadership team at Connecticut’s Economic Development Office, so I am confident this will be a smooth transition. In addition to being well versed in the functions of this important government agency, Alexandra has relationships with many of Connecticut’s top employers and industry leaders and is ready to get started. I am incredibly grateful to David for the service he has rendered to our administration and the people of Connecticut over the past four years.”

Daum is currently Deputy Commissioner and Chief Investment Officer of DECD in a position she has held since March 2020. In this role, she drives public investment in local economic development projects and initiatives throughout Connecticut, including greenfield and brownfield real estate developments, public-private partnerships, urban revitalization efforts, offshore wind and opportunity zones. She also manages Governor Lamont’s community regeneration initiatives, most notably the Connecticut Communities Challenge Grants, Brownfield Municipal Grants, and the 2030 Community Investment Fund.

Before joining DECD, Daum was a founder and director of Field Properties, a real estate investor in New Haven. She began her real estate career in development at Trammell Crow Residential in the Northern California division. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

“Under the leadership of Governor Lamont and Commissioner Lehman, DECD has made a series of smart, strategic investments to drive corporate growth and innovation, support our arts and tourism sectors, restore derelict land, and bring vitality to cities and communities across our state increase.” said Thum. “Working closely with the governor and state legislature, I look forward to building on these advances and ensuring Connecticut realizes its strong economic potential.”

Lehman has been commissioner of DECD since February 19, 2019, just weeks after Governor Lamont was sworn into his first term.

“It has been my privilege to work with Governor Lamont and his team for the past four years on issues critical to Connecticut’s economic health, vibrancy and long-term competitiveness,” said Lehman. “I am extremely proud of what we have accomplished and confident that the initiatives, investments and strategies we have implemented will deliver meaningful and measurable benefits in the years to come. I want to say a heartfelt thank you to the DECD employees for all their hard work in supporting Connecticut’s businesses, nonprofits, communities and residents. Your tireless work, especially during and after the pandemic, has made a real difference to our customers.”

Governor Lamont is scheduled to take the oath of office and begin his second term on January 4, 2023. At that point, Daum’s nomination for Commissioner will be forwarded to the General Assembly for consideration.

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