Commissioner


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 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.

 

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.