Governor Lamont appoints Ginne-Rae Clay as Interim Executive Director of the Council for Social Equity


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08/25/2021

Governor Lamont appoints Ginne-Rae Clay as Interim Executive Director of the Council for Social Equity

(HARTFORD, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he is appointing Ginne-Rae Clay of Waterbury as interim executive director of the Council for Social Equity.

The council was created this summer with the enactment of new state law legalizing and safely regulating adult cannabis use in Connecticut. Under this law, the governor is required to appoint an interim executive director who will operationalize and support the council until its members appoint someone to hold the position on a permanent basis.

Clay is an accomplished senior executive with over 35 years of expertise in the areas of government, organizational management, education, community action and community engagement. Most recently, she worked for the City of Bridgeport as Deputy Director of the Planning and Economic Development Office and Director of the Housing and Community Development Office in a position that required her to oversee the management and coordination of several municipal departments, administering the city’s housing and urban development subsidy programs, and creating and negotiating its contracts, among other housing and community development programs.

In 2011 and 2012, she was an Assistant Professor in the School of Business at Central Connecticut State University, from 2007 to 2012 as State Director of the Connecticut Small Business Development Center, and from 1987 to 2007 she held several senior positions in the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

Clay is also actively involved in several boards of directors and community organizations. She is currently Chair of the Greater Waterbury NAACP and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Connecticut ACLU, Waterbury Diversity Council, Waterbury Development Corporation and Waterbury Voices. She holds an MA from the Barney School of Business and Public Administration at the University of Hartford and a BA from the University of Connecticut.

“The Social Equity Council has the important responsibility of overseeing the implementation of this new law, moving the cannabis market from a dangerous and unregulated market for decades to one that will support a new fair trade sector. our economy. Governor Lamont said. “Ginne-Rae’s experience in business development and in the promotion of affordable and quality housing, in addition to her passionate service as a leader in several community organizations, will greatly benefit the Social Equity Council. I appreciate his willingness to take on this important role and help this new council accomplish the important mission it has been charged with.

“I am honored that Governor Lamont has chosen and commissioned me to help create this historic and extremely important engine of economic empowerment,” Clay said. “I congratulate those selected to sit on the Social Equity Council and look forward to our success. I have spent most of my professional career working with small businesses and helping them see and realize their potential. My work in community development and housing is a direct result of my passion for Connecticut communities, especially communities of color. I am delighted to be working with the Ministry of Community and Economic Development again and look forward to helping reshape the lives of black and brown residents.

The Social Equity Council consists of 15 members appointed by bipartisan legislative leaders, the chair of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, and the governor. Board members are unpaid volunteer positions. The council is responsible for:

  • Develop programs to support the participation of people from communities disproportionately affected by the application of cannabis prohibition in the cannabis market;
  • Eligibility of social equity applicants, as defined by law, for cannabis operating licenses during the application process; and
  • Propose a budget for cannabis-related revenues to support all types of business start-ups and job creation, economic development and reinvestment in neighborhoods identified by law from the Social Equity Council.

For more information on the Social Equity Council, visit portal.ct.gov/socialequitycouncil.

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