Board of Directors

Connecticut Innovations’ Board of Directors is responsible for developing the overall strategic framework from which the organization creates policies and initiatives to help it succeed. The board is responsible for adopting an annual plan of operation and budget, overseeing the organization’s financial activities, including its investments, and overall governance of Connecticut Innovations.

The 17-member board is composed of nine members appointed by the governor and four appointed by the leadership of the General Assembly, as well as four ex-officio members who serve by virtue of their positions with the state: the commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, the president of the Board of Regents for Higher Education, the state treasurer, and the secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

Michael A. Cantor, Chair
Co-Managing Partner
Cantor Colburn LLP

Catherine H. Smith, Vice Chair
Commissioner
Department of Economic and Community Development

Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Venture Development
and the Technology Incubation Program (TIP)
University of Connecticut

Christopher D. Bandecchi
Constituent Service and Outreach Coordinator
Town of Stratford, Office of the Mayor

Ashley Bekton
CEO of Bekton Media Group

Valarie Gelb
Chief Executive Officer
Global Business Growth Advisors

Richard T. Mulready
Chairman and CEO
RM Bradley Management Corporation

Denise Lynn Nappier
Treasurer
State of Connecticut Office of the Treasurer

Mark E. Ojakian
President of the Board of Regents for Higher Education
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System

John Olsen
Former President
Connecticut AFL-CIO

John Pavia
Executive Vice President, Business Development
FM Facility Maintenance

Alexander D. Pencu, Esq.
Partner
Meister Seelig & Fein LLP

Paul R. Pescatello, J.D., Ph.D.
President & CEO
Connecticut United for Research Excellence

Rafael A. Santiago
Managing Member
Santiago Law Group LLC

David M. Siegel
Principal
North Shore Ventures LLC

Susan Weisselberg
Deputy Secretary
Office of Policy Management