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 weekly 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

Christmas presents stolen from single mother’s home

Christmas presents stolen from single mother’s home

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A Sacramento mother of four says someone broke into her home and stole all of the gifts she bought for her children. Angelica Huitt has been preparing for Christmas for months by stocking up on presents. Her car was filled with wrapping paper and bows. “I got this tree to put their presents under but we don’t have any now,” Huitt told KTXL. The single mother now has nothing to wrap up for her little ones. Huitt […]

‘She’s just an amazing human being.’ Hospital cafeteria worker buys toys for sick kids

‘She’s just an amazing human being.’ Hospital cafeteria worker buys toys for sick kids

CHICAGO — Jessie Tendayi spends her days serving food in a hospital cafeteria, but this week, she takes on a different role as a Christmas angel to dozens of sick children. Touched by the families stuck in hospital wards over the holidays, Tendayi decided 10 years ago that she would set aside a chunk of every paycheck to buy toys for the children the following December. Since then, she has gifted Christmas toys to thousands of children. “It’s unbelievable. She […]

‘God is very powerful’. Cross saved as fire destroys church

‘God is very powerful’. Cross saved as fire destroys church

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. – A cross was saved as firefighters from multiple departments battled a devastating blaze that destroyed a local church. “I can’t say I’ve ever felt anything like it. It’s sheer anguish,” Rachel Davis, daughter of Siloam United Methodist Church Pastor Scott Davis, told WGHP at the scene of the fire Tuesday night. Firefighters were dispatched to the Siloam United Methodist Church near Denton, North Carolina shortly before 9 p.m. When crews arrived, they found  heavy smoke and flames […]

‘Die Hard’ is the greatest Christmas story – and studio releases new trailer to prove it

‘Die Hard’ is the greatest Christmas story – and studio releases new trailer to prove it

It’s been 30 years since the original “Die Hard” movie hit theaters. And for almost that long, people have been debating whether it is a Christmas movie. We might finally have an answer. 20th Century Fox, the movie studio that owns the popular action franchise, released a new trailer declaring “Die Hard” is “the greatest Christmas story ever told.” The trailer, which is almost a minute and a half, has an upbeat, festive tone with Christmas music playing under it. […]


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.