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 Board

Kerwin Charles

INDRA K. NOOYI DEAN AND FREDERIC D. WOLFE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS, POLICY, AND MANAGEMENT, YALE SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson

Partner, Robinson + Cole

Jesse MacLachlan

Director of State Policy and Advocacy, Reason for Hope

Stephen Mandel

Founder, Lone Pine Capital; ZOOM Foundation

Susan Mandel

ZOOM Foundation

Kica Matos

Vice President Initiatives, Vera Institute for Justice

Our Staff

Garth Harries
President and CEO

Mirellise Vazquez
VP of Philanthropy and Strategy

Adriana Arreola Joseph
Chief of Staff

Courtney McNally Parkerson
Director

Robert Fisher
Director

Ellen Fugate
Data Manager

Coralys Santana
Policy and Program Associate

Mercedes MacAlpine
Program and Strategy Associate

Shawn V. Branch
Executive Assistant