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February 20, 2023 / 2023 Power 50

2023 Power 50: 48. Kelli-Marie Vallieres

HBJ PHOTO | STEVE LASCHEVER Former manufacturing executive Kelli-Marie Vallieres leads the state’s Office of Workforce Strategy, which would become an independent agency under Gov. Ned Lamont’s recent budget proposal.

Since 2020, Kelli-Marie Vallieres has been chief workforce officer in Connecticut’s Office of Workforce Strategy, a new department created to develop workforce development initiatives aimed at bolstering employment in the state. Her office works with the departments of economic and community development and labor on these employment-related efforts.

With more than 100,000 open jobs in the state, Vallieres’ work is seen as crucial to the growth of Connecticut’s economy, and the state has launched several initiatives under her watch.

In August, Vallieres’ office launched a $70-million job training program called CareerConneCT, aimed to fill more than 6,000 skilled jobs as businesses around the state face ongoing hiring challenges.

The new program created an online portal where people can sign up for skills training for jobs in manufacturing, health care, information technology and other industries. Paired with two new marketing campaigns highlighting open jobs in the state, officials hope the initiative will provide a boost to the workforce.

Vallieres is also vice chair of the Governor’s Workforce Council and is a member of the state’s Social Equity Council, which oversees the social equity components of Connecticut’s adult-use marijuana program.

Vallieres was president and CEO of Sound Manufacturing and Monster Power Equipment in Old Saybrook for 14 years before stepping down to join the Lamont administration.

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