Lamont Nominates Dan O’Keefe as DECD Head
Gov. Ned Lamont has nominate Dan O’Keefe to succeed Alexandra Daum as commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.
O’Keefe joined DECD earlier this year, becoming Connecticut’s first chief innovation officer and will remain in that position until a successor is found.
“I am excited to take on this expanded role at a unique moment in our shared history,” O’Keefe said.
“With its robust education system, culture of entrepreneurship, supportive ecosystems, and strategic investments in our communities and people, Connecticut has the right foundational pieces in place for sustained growth.”
Prior to joining the Lamont administration, O’Keefe had 25 years of experience in investment work in companies in the software, consumer and financial technology markets.
He also serves as a board member of The Opportunity Network, a nonprofit that provides education and career-skills to students from historically marginalized communities.
“Dan’s background helping innovative companies grow will be a huge asset to our administration and the state as a whole,” said Lamont.
“He has a deep understanding of how to foster an environment that supports economic growth. His insights and expertise will ensure we are making the right strategic decisions when it comes to strengthening our competitive position.”
CBIA president and CEO Chris DiPentima said O’Keefe’s nomination comes at a key time for Connecticut.
“Bringing more businesses and workers to the state, and making this a more affordable and attractive place to live and work are critical to moving the economy forward,” DiPentima said.
“We’re looking forward to working with Dan and the DECD team to continue the productive collaboration that marked CBIA’s relationships with Alexandra and her predecessor, David Lehman.”
Daum, who joined DECD in 2020, is leaving the administration in early 2024 to lead Yale’s Office of New Haven Affairs and University Properties.
Lamont thanked Daum for her work in the administration saying her “passion for investing in our communities and strong relationships with Connecticut businesses has benefited the state greatly.”
“I’m proud of the investments DECD has smartly put to work in our communities and of the business, arts, and tourism organizations we’ve supported during my time overseeing the agency,” Daum said.
O’Keefe’s nomination must be confirmed by the General Assembly when the 2024 legislative session begins in February.
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