OWS Initiatives

Enhancing Connecticut’s Workforce Ecosystem through intentional coordination, collaboration, and cooperation


The Office of Workforce Strategy

About us

The Office of Workforce Strategy (OWS) is an executive branch that serves as the administrative staff to the Governor’s Workforce Council (GWC).

Our vision is for every Connecticut resident to have access to a meaningful career pathway and the support needed to fulfill their aspirations and for every Connecticut business to have access to a skilled workforce.

Our mission is to build the systems, teams, and approaches that will make Connecticut a talent environment that attracts and motivates students, career builders, and companies alike.


Staff Directory:

Kelli-Marie Vallieres, PhD | Chief Workforce Officer

Grace Suh | Chief of Staff

Anthony Barrett, MBA | Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Laura M. Baker | Workforce Development Specialist and Office Manager

Tracy Ariel | CareerConneCT Program Manager

Jonathan Richter, MPA | Research and Data Analyst

Karen Quesnel | Grants and Contracts Specialist 

Allie Mulrooney, MPA | Infrastructure and Clean Energy Program Manager