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Updated: August 7, 2020 / 2020 40 Under Forty Honorees

Kelly Juleson-Scopino


Kelly Juleson-Scopino

Age: 35

Company: The Governor’s Prevention Partnership

Title: Co-President & Chief External Affairs Officer

No. of years with current company: 8

Town where I live: Manchester

Town where I work: Wethersfield

College: Seton Hall University

Highest degree: Bachelor’s degree in international relations and diplomacy

Kelly Juleson-Scopino is co-president and chief external relations officer for The Governor’s Prevention Partnership, a statewide nonprofit that promotes positive youth outcomes. She excels during crisis situations, was instrumental in moving their team remote in less than 48 hours, and developing a responsive and relevant approach to their work during COVID-19.

She was a two-term Democratic state representative, serving as a deputy majority leader, and was a leader on women and children’s issues.

What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

Earlier this year, my colleague and I were named as The Partnership’s first co-presidents. Previously I had been the development director, but now I oversee fundraising, advocacy, communications/marketing, and our work with the board of directors. We led the adaptation of our team to remain relevant and responsive during COVID-19.

How are you involved in the community?

I’m fortunate that my daily work keeps me involved in communities across the state to support Connecticut’s youth. I love to be able to showcase their stories. I have also been volunteering for 30-plus years with my family at the James Dutch Fogarty Independence Day Celebration in Manchester.

What do you like to do outside of work?

My favorite moments are spent with my family — every day it’s a new adventure. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, and my girls are such incredible little humans. I also love to make special birthday desserts and participate in a good retail therapy session.

How did dealing with the coronavirus pandemic help you grow as a leader?

Taking on a new leadership role during COVID-19 really challenged me. There was no road map, it forced me to cast off preconceived notions, lead with empathy, and find a meaningful way to respond and be relevant during the pandemic while staying true to our organizational mission.

Four reasons why you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty:

I architected eliminating sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products in Connecticut; it went into effect on July 1, 2018.

Created Congressman John Larson’s Kegs and Eggs fundraiser before the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is now a signature annual event.

Collaboratively leading The Partnership with the introduction of more family friendly workplace policies.

Last year, we exceeded our funding goal by 57% with support from 50 of the state’s top businesses.

Fun Fact 

I always try to wear blue and yellow to special events … it’s become my signature ‘brand.’

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