CT Governor-elect Lamont Taps RPA Staff to Help Advise Transition Team


We are thrilled to announce that RPA’s Vice President for State Programs and Connecticut Director Melissa Kaplan-Macey, AICP was recently named as co-chair of Connecticut Governor-elect Ned Lamont’s Transportation Transition Policy Committee along with Kevin Dillon, Executive Director, Connecticut Airport Authority.

Melissa was an integral part of shaping recommendations for RPA’s Fourth Plan and has done extensive planning and community outreach work with communities across southern Connecticut.

The Policy Committees met for this first time on Tuesday November 27 and will help inform the Lamont administration’s agenda.

Other committee chairs include:

Agriculture
Bonnie Burr, Department Head, Cooperative Extension System, UCONN College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
Kevin Sullivan, Connecticut Based Nurseryman

Arts/Culture/Tourism Policy Committee
Wendy Bury, Executive Director, Southeastern CT Cultural Coalition
Stephen Tagliatela, President, Connecticut Tourism Coalition

Criminal Justice
Dr. James Forman, Yale University, Professor of Law
Cathy Malloy, CEO, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Criminal Justice Reform Advocate
Sarah Russell, Quinnipiac University Law School, Professor of Law, Member of the Connecticut Sentencing Commission

Digital Strategy
Dave Wilkinson, Commissioner, Early Childhood in the State of CT and former Director White House Office of Social Innovation
Joanne Collins Smee, Chief Commercial Officer, Xerox

Education
Yvette Melendez, former Chief Administrative Officer of State University System and architect of the state of Connecticut’s charter school program
Fran Rabinowitz, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents and former Superintendent of Schools, Bridgeport

Energy
Bryan Garcia, President, CT Green Bank
Lonnie Reed, Co-Chair, Committee on Energy and Technology, CT General Assembly, Co-Chair, Energy and Environment Committee, Council of State Governments

Environment
Frogard Ryan, State Director, Nature Conservancy CT
Eric Hammerling, Executive Director, Connecticut Forest and Park Association

Healthcare
Jennifer Jackson, President and CEO, Connecticut Hospital Association
Gerald Weiner, Of counsel to Sussman, Duffy, and Segaloff, P.C.

Housing
Annette Sanderson, Executive Director, Housing Authority of the City of Hartford
David Rich, Executive Director, Supportive Housing Works

Human Services
Luis Perez, President & CEO, Mental Health CT
Andrea Barton-Reeves, President and CEO, HARC

Jobs/Economy
Joseph Gianni, Market President, Hartford Region, Bank of America
Fran Pastore, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Business Development Council

Public Safety
Chief Alaric Fox, Enfield Chief of Police and State Police Colonel (Ret.)
Dr. Brendan Campbell, Director of Trauma, Pediatric Surgical Quality and Safety Officer
Donald Hight Endowed Chair of General Pediatric Surgery, Connecticut Children’s Hospital

Shared Services
Rick Porth, President/CEO, United Way of CT
Brendan Sharkey, Esq., former Speaker of the CT House of Representatives

Transportation
Kevin Dillon, Executive Director, CT Airport Authority
Melissa Kaplan-Macey, VP for State Programs and CT Director, Regional Plan Association

Women
Karen Jarmoc, President & CEO, Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Marilyn Moore, State Senator, Bridgeport


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