July 19, 2013

Paul Mounds Jr.                                

Paul Mounds Jr.

Age: 28

Title: Director of Government Relations

Company: Office of Governor Dannel P. Malloy

Town where you work: Hartford

Town where you live: East Hartford

College: Trinity College

What I do for fun: Reading, watching and playing sports, exercise, spending time with family and friends.

Friends/Family that influence me: My parents, Paul Sr. and Icy Mounds, and my sister Marissa

My Charity/Cause: Trustee of Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, executive committee of Trinity College National Alumni Association, executive committee of the Trinity Club of Hartford

My Passion, Hobby or Special Talent: Making people laugh, public service, cooking, bowling

'You cannot lead a tank from the outside. You can only lead it from within.'

What do you do?

I serve as the director of government relations for Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, where I, along with our policy director, oversee the development of the governor's legislative agenda as well as manage the coordination and mobilization of legislative support for the Governor's and State agencies' legislative proposals and policies. In addition, I serve as a member of the Governor's senior staff where we provide advice and counsel to the Governor and members of the administration on issues and public policy affecting the state.

Please describe your career path.

I previously served as a director of communications for Congressman John B. Larson, serving time in both his Hartford and Washington, D.C. offices, and deputy state director for outreach in the office of U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal. My tenure in the Legislative Internship Program during my years at Trinity provided me with the background and understanding of the legislative process.

What's been your biggest challenge professionally?

I work in a field that expects and demands perfection on all counts. At the beginning of my career, my pursuits for perfection actually led me to lose sight on the true reason why I decided to be in public service - to better the lives of others.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?

I hope to continue to serve the Hartford region through civic and community service organizations either in an executive director role or as a member of an executive board. Professionally, I hope to remain active in public service and government relations while interacting with local, state, and federal offices.

What is the best advice you received?

"You cannot lead a tank from the outside. You can only lead it from within"- Hank Eaton, my football coach at the Loomis Chaffee School

How are you involved in your community?

Even though I had opportunities to leave the Hartford area after college and to explore job opportunities, I decided that I wanted to remain here to be close to my family, friends, and the community that helped me grow personally and professionally.

I am proud to serve as a trustee at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, an institution committed to social justice and inspiring others through the teachings of Stowe and its educational programs to invoke positive change in their communities.

At Trinity College, I remain involved in the school community as a member of the executive committee of the Trinity Club of Hartford, and recently was named to the college's National Alumni Executive Committee.

As a former college football player, I have volunteered my time coaching at local camps for Hartford youth including the Mangini Football Camp as well as providing life and career mentoring to local high school and college athletes.

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