Joan Hartley

State Senator

Joan Hartley

Chief Deputy President Pro Tempore

An Independent Voice

March 25, 2024
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Sen. Hartley Welcomes Confirmation of DECD Commissioner Daniel O’Keefe

Today, State Senator Joan Hartley, Senate Chair of the Commerce Committee, welcomed the confirmation of Mr. Daniel O’Keefe as Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.

“Connecticut is in a pivotal moment as we continue to grow in a post-pandemic world, and Mr. O’Keefe comes to us with a deep understanding of how to capitalize on our many strengths as a state and support economic growth,” said State Senator Joan Hartley. “Mr. O’Keefe’s experience in technology and high growth industries will be of critical importance as we navigate the future of business and the next generation of manufacturing. I am eager to work together to advance our shared goal of developing our workforce and making Connecticut a more desirable place to start and grow a business.”

Prior to entering public service, Mr. O’Keefe was a technology investor for 25 years, investing in high growth, innovative companies in the software, consumer and fintech markets, companies that went on to create tens of thousands of jobs.

Mr. O’Keefe also serves as a Board Member and Chairperson Emeritus of The Opportunity Network, an education and career-skills focused non-profit reaching over 40,000 high-potential students from historically marginalized communities.

Mr. O’Keefe holds an MBA with High Distinction (Baker Scholar) from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of its Alumni Board, and an AB from Brown University, where he serves on its President’s Leadership Council.

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