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The Governor’s Innovation Fellowship advisory board consists of private and public-sector thought-leaders, combining the brain trust of for-profit organizations, higher-education institutions and economic development organizations to create and roll out a program that can affect change and retain top talent in Connecticut.

Emily Lamont

A builder of organizations from startups to political campaigns. A graduate of Stanford Business School, Emily played a leading role on Governor Lamont’s campaign. Previously, she advised and invested in healthcare startups.

Thomas D. Lehrman

Managing Partner at Teamworthy Ventures, specializes in entrepreneurship, angel and venture investing, alternative equity investments, executive management, foreign and national security policy, and charter schools.

Nick Simmons

Manager of Strategic Initiatives for the State of Connecticut in the Office of the Governor. He previously served as assistant principal and acting school leader at Success Academy Charter Schools.

Glendowlyn Thames

Deputy Commissioner and CFO/COO at the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, is a dynamic change manager and business strategy leader spanning multiple industries.

Bob Vanech

CFO and Head of Revenue at Trebel Music, has experience in fast-growth, high-energy, disruptive change-oriented organizations, specializing in startups, venture capital, M&A, closing deals, transformative organizations, corporate governance and sales.

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