Gov. Ned Lamont announced all members of his Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group April 23, adding health, business, workforce, and education experts to a series of committees that will work with a core team led by former Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi and Albert Ko, professor of epidemiology and medicine and a department chair at the Yale School of Public Health.

The group is charged with developing recommendations and guidelines for reactivating the state's economy.

Main Advisory Group

  • Indra Nooyi (cochair): Board cochair, AdvanceCT; former CEO, PepsiCo
  • Dr. Albert Ko (cochair): Professor of epidemiology and medicine; department chair, Yale School of Public Health
  • Oni Chukwu: Executive chair, Aventri
  • Alex Karnal: Partner and managing director, Deerfield; co-founder and board member, The Institute for Life Changing Medicines
  • Dr. Mehmood Khan: CEO and board member, Life Biosciences, Inc.
  • Dr. Harlan Krumholz: Cardiologist and healthcare researcher, Yale University and Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Dr. Charles Lee: Scientific director and professor, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
  • David Scheer: President, Scheer & Company, Inc.; board chair, Aegerion Pharmaceuticals

Business Committee

  • Oni Chukwu (chair): Executive chair, Aventri
  • Joe Brennan: President and CEO, CBIA
  • Rodney Butler: Chair, Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation
  • Peter Denious: President and CEO, AdvanceCT
  • Howard Hill: Owner, Howard K. Hill Funeral Services
  • Roberta Hoskie: President and CEO, Outreach Realty Services
  • Steve Matiatos: President, Connecticut Lodging Association
  • Dan Meiser: Chair, Connecticut Restaurant Association
  • John Olsen: President emeritus, Connecticut AFL-CIO
  • Fran Pastore: President and CEO, Women's Business Development Council
  • Tim Phelan: President, Connecticut Retail Merchants Association
  • Meredith Reuben: CEO, EBP Supply Solutions
  • David Roche: President, Connecticut Building Trades
  • Garrett Sheehan: President and CEO, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
  • Pedro Soto: President and CEO, Hygrade Precision Technologies

Community Committee

  • Marcella Nunez Smith (chair): Director of Equity Research and Innovation, Yale School of Medicine
  • Marie Allen: Executive director, Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging and Independent Living
  • Dr. Ken Alleyne: Vice chair, Connecticut Health Foundation
  • Nora Duncan: State director, Connecticut AARP
  • Rochelle Palache: Assistant district leader, SEIU Local 32BJ
  • Daria Smith: Executive director, Connecticut State Independent Living Council

Education Committee

  • Rick Levin (cochair): Former president, Yale University
  • Linda Lorimer (cochair): Former vice president for global and strategic initiatives, Yale University
  • Rick Branson: Executive director, Connecticut Association of Independent Schools
  • Jan Hochadel: President, AFT Connecticut
  • Steve Kaplan: President, University of New Haven
  • Alice Pritchard: Chief of staff to the president, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities
  • Rachel Rubin: Chief of staff to the president, University of Connecticut
  • Jen Widness: President, Connecticut Conference of Independent Colleges
  • Donald Williams, Jr.: Executive director, Connecticut Education Association

Governor's Representatives

  • Paul Mounds: Chief of staff, Office of the Governor
  • Josh Geballe: COO, Office of the Governor; Commissioner, Department of Administrative Services
  • Renée Coleman-Mitchell: Commissioner, Department of Public Health
  • Dr. Matthew Cartter: State epidemiologist, Department of Public Health
  • Miguel Cardona: Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Education (Also cochair of the Education Committee)
  • Beth Bye: Commissioner, Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (Also member of the Education Committee)
  • Deidre Gifford: Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Social Services (Also member of the Community Committee)
  • Amy Porter: Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services (Also member of the Community Committee)
  • Jordan Scheff: Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (Also member of the Community Committee)
  • David Lehman: Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (Also member of the Business Committee)

Nooyi and Ko, along with Lamont chief of staff Paul Mounds, are also Connecticut's representatives to the seven-state partnership collaborating on a regional recovery strategy.