When ConnCAN was founded in January 2005, it put the words “achievement gap” in Connecticut’s mainstream vocabulary—and it asked us to do better for our kids. Every single one of them, regardless of their zip code.

Pioneering organizations like ConnCAN need pioneering leaders.

From a pool of more than 80 applicants, and after eight rounds of interviews, I’m thrilled to share that we’ve found just such a pioneering leader. Following in the footsteps of previous ConnCAN leaders Alex Johnston and Jen Alexander, she will take us into the next chapter in our organizational history.

I am proud to announce that powerhouse advocate Subira Gordon has joined the ConnCAN movement to serve as executive director!

Subira joins our team from the halls of the Capitol, where she served as executive director of the Connecticut General Assembly’s Commission on Equity and Opportunity. For nearly 10 years, Subira has given a strong voice to the marginalized, advancing policies—like “ban the box”—that empower our state’s diverse communities.

Education has been a pillar cause for Subira, alongside housing, criminal justice and economic development. In her own words, “ConnCAN has just always been there.” Now, she’s here with us, to move our state into the future of education.

Subira brings a parent’s perspective to her work, as well; she’s raising two children in Waterbury—and navigating the city’s educational options along the way.

Please join me in welcoming Subira as we steer ahead into new leadership, a new year and a new legislative session—with the opportunity to rewrite the books to put kids first.


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