The ARTC introduces Kevin Graff

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THB_5624Kevin Graff founded Graff Public Solutions, LLC (GPS) in 2011, and has led the firm’s work on behalf of leading business organizations and nonprofit clients in the public arena. Prior to launching GPS, Kevin worked for five years as the Chief of Staff for Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams and the Senate Majority Caucus of the Connecticut General Assembly. Highly regarded by elected officials and staff colleagues, he was elevated to the position of Chief of Staff after two years as the Director of Policy.

Kevin started his career working in the state legislature for the Senate Chairs of the Transportation and Judiciary Committees and then as the Executive Aide to Senate Majority Leader George C. Jepsen. In 2001, he began work as the Executive Director of the Mobilize Against Tobacco for Children’s Health (MATCH) Coalition. As the lead advocate and lobbyist for the Coalition, Kevin succeeded in working with a wide variety of partners and organizations to pass Connecticut’s landmark statewide smoking ban legislation. The campaign is widely regarded as one of the most effective legislative advocacy efforts of the modern era. Many of the grassroots techniques and campaign strategies developed and utilized received national attention and became a model for efforts in other states.

Kevin graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration. From 1999-2005 he served as an elected member of the Glastonbury Town Council. On January 27, Kevin and his team successfully arranged for legislators to “drop in” and address the ARTC Executive and Legislative committees when they met at the legislative Office Building in Hartford.