Michelle Halloran Gilman serves as the Commissioner of the Connecticut State Department of Administrative Services (DAS). She was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont and has been serving in her position since February 2022.
As Commissioner, Gilman oversees approximately 1,000 employees and a $250 million+ budget providing centralized human resources, technology delivery, procurement support, and construction management primarily to Connecticut’s Executive Branch. Under her tenure, Gilman has stabilized the Connecticut’s state workforce in a competitive, post-pandemic economy in order to meet the service delivery needs of Connecticut residents. Additionally, she has initiated numerous recruitment and retention efforts, with a particular focus on the healthcare, engineering, and information technology sectors.
Gilman has also prioritized centralizing the state’s IT apparatus making resources and knowledge more accessible to state agencies, has begun development of a statewide digital equity plan to ensure all residents have access to the education and hardware necessary to participate in our digital economy, and has oversight on ambitious climate sustainability measures across the department. Further, working in collaboration with federal, state, and non-profit partners, Gilman has continued to expand agency capacity to support small and minority businesses seeking to do business with the state.
As Commissioner, Gilman serves on several policy boards including the State Bond Commission, the Connecticut Paid Family Leave Authority, and the IT Capital Investment Committee.
Previously, Gilman served as Deputy Chief Operating Officer to Governor Lamont. In that role, she successfully managed COVID-19 initiatives including the alternate hospital mobilization, the nationally recognized free testing program for vulnerable populations, and the mass vaccination implementation.
Prior to joining the Lamont Administration, Gilman served as an advisor to numerous elected officials including U.S. Senator Christopher Dodd and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo. A life-long resident of Connecticut, Gilman is a proud graduate of Central Connecticut State University. In her free time, you can find Gilman cheering on the Boston Red Sox, hiking with her dog Harper and husband Tim, or spending time with her two teenaged boys.