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 DaumAlexandra Daum, Deputy Commissioner 

Alexandra Daum is the Deputy Commissioner and Chief Investment Officer of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).  In this role she drives public investment in local economic development projects and initiatives across Connecticut, including greenfield and brownfield real estate developments, public-private partnerships, urban revitalization efforts, and Opportunity Zones. 

Previous to joining DECD, Alexandra was the Founder and Principal of Field Properties, a real estate investor in New Haven, CT.  Alexandra began her real estate career in Development at Trammell Crow Residential in its Northern California division.

Alexandra received a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Paul O. Robertson, Deputy Commissioner

Paul O. Robertson was named deputy commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) in February of 2022.  In this role, he oversees all business development, government affairs, tourism, marketing, and communications activities of the department.

Paul has extensive experience as a business, marketing and media consultant and is a proven leader in building organizations, improving processes, and developing talent.  He has served as chairman of the Connecticut Convention & Sports Bureau (CTCSB) where he was responsible for bringing international, national, and regional conferences, conventions, and sporting events to the state. 

Previously, he served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Connecticut Public Broadcasting. His extensive background in broadcasting management and sales includes jobs as the Station Manager of Radio Disney Connecticut, Senior Account Manager for the former Buckley Broadcasting (now Connoisseur Media), Sales Manager at NBC 30 (now NBC Connecticut), and as an Account Executive at CBS Radio in Farmington.

Paul holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Hartford.