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May 24, 2024

Former Bronin admin. COO Montañez lands senior role with Gov. Lamont; Drajewicz to chair workforce council

Photo | CT Mirror/Mark Pazniokas Ryan Drajewicz with Gov. Ned Lamont as they announce Drajewicz’s exit as chief of staff.

Gov. Ned Lamont made two appointments this week, one related to workforce development and the other to a top advisory role in his administration, his office announced.

Ryan Drajewicz, current head of external communications and affairs for Westport hedge fund Bridgewater Associates was picked to serve as a member and chairperson of the Governor’s Workforce Council. The council is tasked with developing strategies and policies to grow Connecticut’s workforce pipeline and fill open jobs in the state.

Drajewicz, who is also the governor’s former chief of staff, will succeed Social Venture Partners Connecticut Executive Director Mark Argosh as chairperson, but Argosh plans to remain a member of the council.

Meantime, Lamont also appointed Thea Montañez, a member of former Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin’s administration, to serve as a senior advisor in his office. Montañez will be tasked with leading interagency initiatives predominantly aimed at helping connect residents in Connecticut with resources to help them have better lives.

Montañez was Bronin’s chief operating officer from 2020 to 2023, and chief of staff from 2016 to 2020. Prior to that, she held several other roles in the Capital City, and currently sits on numerous local commissions.

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