Gail Lavielle
Gail Lavielle is the State Representative of the 143rd district, which includes parts of Norwalk and Wilton, and will include part of Westport following redistricting.  She is a member of the General Assembly’s Appropriations, Education, and Transportation Committees, as well as the Higher Education Consolidation Committee.
In 2011, she received the Tip of the Cap Award for education reform advocacy from ConnCAN, the state's leading education reform organization. Gail brings to public service many years of executive leadership in the business world, as well as practical education experience teaching at the university level.  She hopes to use her real-world skills and expertise to help make Connecticut’s government less costly and more efficient, create a fertile climate for jobs, reduce the financial burden on municipalities, and make the state more competitive as a place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. Gail worked for more than 25 years in finance, marketing, and communication, holding executive leadership positions with Fortune 500 corporations, and held Series 7, 66, and 31 securities licenses. As chief executive of a subsidiary of the Interpublic Group, she turned a company around, managed it through a severe recession, and doubled revenues while running it for five years at a substantial profit. She also served as Senior Vice President of Suez Environment, the world’s largest water and wastewater services company, managing people in more than 30 countries and working closely with the financial community to build its understanding of complex government contracts. Gail has shared the lessons of her real-world business experience with students at UConn, where she has taught upper-level courses to undergraduates.  An advocate of the benefits of a well-rounded education, she holds an MA in French from Yale and a BA in English from Cornell, as well as an MBA in finance from UConn.  A former music critic, she wrote reviews for The Wall Street Journal and is the author of a book on opera. Gail has been active in public service on both the state and municipal levels.  As a member of the CT Public Transportation Commission, she defended the interests of Fairfield County on issues including the upgrading of the Danbury branch line, rail station parking and access, the renovation of the Wilton train station, and the development of pedestrian and bike paths.  She also served on the state’s Advisory Council for Professional Standards for School Administrators and the Governor’s task force on rail station parking and access, and is a member of the Norwalk River Valley Trail steering committee. Gail’s work as a member of Wilton’s Board of Finance has given her practical experience with the particular issues faced by Connecticut’s towns and cities in a difficult economic environment.  She has also served on Wilton’s Energy Commission. Gail and her husband of 25 years, Jean-Pierre, are active in many local service, civic, and cultural organizations.  She is an active member of the Wilton Kiwanis and serves on the Board of the Norwalk Senior Center, as well as the Norwalk Hospital Community Advisory Board.  She and her husband are members of the Friends of the Wilton Library, the Wilton Historical Society, and Ambler Farm.  She has also served on the Board of the Girl Scouts of Southwest Fairfield County and the Stamford Symphony Chairman’s Council, and has been a delegate to the Yale Assembly.
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