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CBIA taps lobbyist Gjede to lead gov. affairs

BY Joe Cooper

7/11/2018
PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Eric Gjede
Connecticut's leading business lobby has named Eric Gjede to lead its government affairs unit.

The Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) announced Wednesday that Gjede will serve as vice president of government affairs, leading its public policy and legislative efforts.

"From his interactions with our member companies and lawmakers, Eric understands the challenges business owners face here in Connecticut, and we're confident that under his leadership, our team at the Capitol will continue to make Connecticut a better place for business," CBIA CEO and President Joe Brennan said.

Gjede has served as CBIA's counsel and assistant counsel for the past five years and also oversaw the lobby's Labor and Employment Law Council and assisted the organization's tax council.

Prior to CBIA, he served as an associate legislative attorney in the General Assembly for nearly five years, according to his LinkedIn page.

Gjede, a member of the Association of Connecticut Lobbyists and the Connecticut Bar Association, has represented the business community on several issues such as labor, employment, state taxes and transportation, among others.

In recent months, Gjede has lobbied against raising the minimum wage and expanding the state's 2012 paid leave mandate. He also provided written testimony against a proposed bill that would have limited on-call work schedules.

In other announcements Wednesday, CBIA appointed Eric Brown as vice president of manufacturing policy and outreach. Brown will serve as a liaison between the organization's public policy unit and its new partner, CONNSTEP.

Brown joined CBIA more than 24 years ago and has served as counsel and senior counsel on a variety of issues including manufacturing, energy, environment and transportation.

He worked as a senior environmental analyst with the state Department of Environmental Protection prior to his tenure at CBIA. Brown also served at the state legislature and as an environmental specialist in private practice.