David Lehman, Commissioner & Governor’s Senior Economic Advisor
David Lehman serves as the Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the state agency that oversees a wide range of programs promoting business growth, brownfield redevelopment, the arts, historic preservation and tourism.
David also serves as the Governor’s Senior Economic Advisor. He is hard at work at creating an innovative public-private partnership between DECD and AdvanceCT (formerly CERC) that will provide a new economic development delivery model for our state.
David’s business development priorities include helping build our urban centers into engines of growth, furthering the state’s innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems, and strengthening the state’s workforce pipelines.
Prior to joining DECD, David worked in the financial services industry. Most recently he was Global Head of Real Estate Finance for the Investment Banking Division of Goldman Sachs, where he worked for 15 years.
Alexandra Daum, Deputy Commissioner
Alexandra Daum joined the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) in March of 2020. As deputy commissioner and chief investment officer, she helps drive public investment in local economic development projects and initiatives across Connecticut, including greenfield and brownfield commercial real estate transactions, public-private partnerships, urban revitalization efforts, and Opportunity Zones.
Previously Alexandra enjoyed a successful career in real estate, both in Connecticut and California. She served as Senior Development Manager at NHR Group and as the Founder and Principal of Field Properties, managing 10 residential assets in New Haven. Prior to that she worked at Trammell Crow Residential in its Northern California division. At TCR she was the project manager for a range of innovative developments including workforce housing on publicly-owned land, a public-private partnership to develop a new ferry service, and a luxury high-rise tower in downtown San Francisco.
Prior to TCR, Alexandra worked in Bain & Company’s San Francisco office consulting on corporate strategy and in the Office of Public Engagement at the White House. Alexandra received a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.