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Daniel O’Keefe

Commissioner, Department of Economic and Community Development

Dan O’Keefe is Commissioner of the DECD and was named the State of Connecticut’s first Chief Innovation Officer in July 2023. Dan serves as a passionate advocate for the economy and communities throughout Connecticut, focusing on economic growth, workforce development, vibrant communities and job creation.

Prior to entering public service, Dan was a technology investor for 25 years, investing in high growth, innovative companies in the software, consumer and fintech markets. Dan 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.

Dan 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.