Chief of Staff, Governor Ned Lamont, State of Connecticut
Paul Mounds Jr. is Chief of Staff for Governor Ned Lamont, where he oversees all the workings of the Governor’s Office and the Executive Branch, including the Governor’s cabinet and agencies.
Mounds previously served as the state’s Chief Operating Officer since the beginning of the Lamont administration in January 2019 where he was charged with ensuring coordination of state agencies and overall operations for the administration and in July 2019 the title of Deputy Chief of Staff was added. Prior to joining the Governor’s office, Mounds was Vice President of Policy and Communications for the Connecticut Health Foundation, where he was responsible for the foundation’s work to inform and educate policymakers on issues related to health equity, as well as its policy and communications activities.
Mounds also served as Senior Director of Public Policy and Government Relations for Governor Dannel P. Malloy, during which he managed public policy development and the legislative program for the administration. He also previously worked for U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal as Deputy State Director for Outreach and began his career in public service as the Federal Grants Coordinator and Press Assistant, and eventually Communications Director for Congressman John B. Larson.
Paul is the Vice-Chair of Harriet Beecher Stowe Center and Governor Lamont’s Representative to the University of Connecticut’s Board of Trustees. He previously served on Trinity College’s Board of Trustees, the State of Connecticut Commission on Fiscal Stability and Economic Growth and as a member of the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College. He was born in Hartford, raised in East Hartford, and lives in Glastonbury.