Who We Are

The Connecticut Project is a diverse group of purpose-driven, thoughtful, multi-generational CT neighbors, who live and are raising families across the state. Our professional backgrounds are widely varied, including the education, public health, government, policy, non-profit, philanthropic, and private sectors. Together, we are inspired by The Connecticut Project’s aspirations and bound together by shared values in achieving those aspirations.

Our Staff

Garth Harries
President and CEO

Mirellise Vazquez
VP of Philanthropy and Strategy

Adriana Arreola Joseph
Chief of Staff

Melvin Medina
Vice President of Policy & Advocacy

Jonathan Cabral
Director

Robert Fisher
Director

Ellen Fugate
Data Manager

Mercedes MacAlpine
Program and Strategy Associate

Chelum Okoro
Analyst

Courtney McNally Parkerson
Director

Amy Plocinik
Operations Coordinator

Coralys Santana
Policy and Program Associate

Nordia Savage
Director

Senior Advisors

Erik Clemons
Senior Advisor

Catalina Samper-Horak
Senior Advisor

John Motley
Senior Advisor