Lamont Announces New Chief of Staff

Connecticut’s new governor-elect Ned Lamont gestures during a news conference | Photo (c) Washington Times

Governor-elect Ned Lamont announced two personnel appointments for his Administration: Ryan Drajewicz will serve as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor, and Melissa McCaw will serve as Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management (OPM).

Ryan Drajewicz is the current Executive Director of the Lamont-Bysiewicz Transition, where he is responsible for ensuring that the Governor-elect and Lieutenant Governor-elect are ready to govern on Day 1.  Working closely with Governor-elect Lamont, he is responsible for setting the strategic vision of the transition, designing the structure of the Governor’s office and aligning it with the top talent, assessing government agencies and advising the Governor-elect on personnel appointments, and setting the legislative agenda.

Drajewicz spent nearly a decade working in the United States Senate for U.S. Senator Chris Dodd. Drajewicz most recently worked in the financial services industry at Bridgewater Associates as a Senior Management Associate and was part of the firm’s Core Management Team. He lives in Fairfield with his wife Kate and young son Charlie. Drajewicz is a proud native of Haddam, CT and a graduate of Barry University.

Melissa McCaw has over seventeen years of budgeting, financial analysis and planning experience in government and higher education organizations. McCaw currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer and the Director of Budget, Management & Grants for the City of Hartford, where she has worked for nearly 3 years.

McCaw was the Budget Director at the University of Hartford for nearly seven years, and served as a Budget Specialist at OPM for nearly eight years. She received a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University and a Master of Public Administration, Public Finance & Budgeting from the University of Connecticut.

She was born in Norwalk and raised in Waterbury, where she attended Crosby High School. She and her husband Willis have three children: Jordan, Grace, and Gabrielle.

“To grow our economy, add jobs, and give the business community confidence, we have to fix our budget challenges. Melissa will help lead that effort, and I’m proud to announce her as a critical member of the team,” said Lamont.

“I am impressed by Melissa’s background and professional accomplishments, deep dedication to the future success of our state, and optimistic vision for Connecticut.”

“I look forward to achieving the Governor-elect’s vision for a budget and policy plan that addresses Connecticut’s fiscal crisis, spreads out economic opportunity, and helps grow Connecticut’s middle class,” said McCaw.

“It’s been an honor to serve the constituents of Hartford as part of Mayor Bronin’s Administration, and I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in the Lamont-Bysiewicz Administration. I am excited to take on this challenge with a team of smart, driven individuals who are committed to our state’s future.”

“Ryan shares my commitment to building an Administration that is dynamic, entrepreneurial, and inclusive. He will be my partner in leading the Office of the Governor, hiring excellent staff, and staying true to our core mission of a Connecticut that works for everyone,” said Lamont.

“I am looking forward to helping the Governor-elect make his vision for Connecticut a reality,” said Drajewicz. “I know he is prepared to make the tough decisions that will move Connecticut in the right direction.


The Roundup is a popular local magazine covering central Connecticut news, Statewide news, National news, local events, commentary, and more.


The Roundup currently has over 5,700 subscriptions and a local social media following of over 95,000 readers across multiple social media sites, apps, pages, and groups.


The Roundup is also a proud member of WordPress. This affiliation offers readers more news from FOX 61 and CBS Connecticut on The Roundup.

Latest Stories From Roundup Partner : FOX 61

Giraffe dies in tragic accident at Kansas City Zoo

Giraffe dies in tragic accident at Kansas City Zoo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Zoo announced Friday that, for the second time this week, a beloved animal has died. Hamisi, one of the zoo’s adult giraffes, died Wednesday morning due to a tragic accident, according to the zoo’s Facebook page. The giraffe sustained an acute spinal cord injury while in his behind-the-scenes bedroom. Zoo veterinarians performed a necropsy and determined Hamisi likely died instantly. “The entire zoo is heartbroken and grieving this loss,” a spokesperson for the […]

Public works crew finds wedding ring in South Windsor catch basin

Public works crew finds wedding ring in South Windsor catch basin

SOUTH WINDSOR – When the ring went down the drain, one public works department made it their mission to get it back. The South Windsor Public Works posted on Facebook, “It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to have such a personal impact on our residents, but today we recieved [sic] a call to help retrieve a wedding band out of one of our catch basins. We are happy to report that we were successful and wanted to […]

UConn Health say patients could be impacted by security breach

UConn Health say patients could be impacted by security breach

FARMINGTON – UConn Health said patients could be impacted by a data security incident. Officials said they learned an unauthorized third party illegally accessed a limited number of employee email accounts. In late December they found the accounts contained some personal information, including some individuals’ names, dates of birth, addresses and limited medical information, such as billing and appointment information.  The accounts also contained the Social Security numbers of some individuals. UConn said about 326,000 individuals could be impacted. Of […]

Stamford man convicted in drug compounding case that cost health care programs $1.5 million

Stamford man convicted in drug compounding case that cost health care programs $1.5 million

NEW HAVEN — A Stamford man has been convicted by a federal jury of health care fraud offenses. Officials said Kwasi Gyambibi, 40, of Stamford, was found guilty when the jury returned its verdict this afternoon. Gyambibi was found guilty of two counts of health care fraud related to fraudulent prescriptions for compound drugs that were submitted to Advantage Pharmacy in March 2015, and found him not guilty of seven counts of health care fraud.  The jury could not reach […]


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.