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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 34. Jonathan Dach

Jonathan Dach

The governor holds the highest elected office in state government. 

His chief of staff may be one of the most powerful unelected officials in state government. 

Holding that title right now is Jonathan Dach, who was named Gov. Ned Lamont’s chief of staff in November. Dach is advising Lamont through the 2023 legislative session, where issues including budget spending, affordable housing, tax policy, energy and healthcare costs, early childhood education, gun control and mental health are being debated.

It’s an arena familiar to Dach, who prior to being named chief of staff served as Lamont’s policy director, a position he held since the start of the governor’s first term in January 2019. 

In that capacity, according to the governor’s office, Dach worked with commissioners, legislators and others on several important policies, including the new paid family and medical leave program, refining the unemployment insurance system, and aspects of the state’s COVID-19 preparedness, response and recovery. 

Prior to joining the Lamont administration, Dach clerked for Judge Rowan D. Wilson of the New York Court of Appeals and served as a senior policy advisor to the ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues at the U.S. Department of State. 

A Washington, D.C. native and longtime New Haven resident, Dach earned a bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale College in 2008 and a law degree from Yale Law School in 2013.

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