BCONE’s NSCW is excited to welcome the keynote speakers for our Conference in September:

Commissioner Katie S. Dykes
Katie Scharf Dykes is the Commissioner of Connecticut’s Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP). She was nominated by Governor Ned Lamont to serve as the Commissioner of DEEP, and was confirmed on February 20, 2019. Katie previously served as Chair of the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) from 2015-2018, and as Deputy Commissioner for Energy at Connecticut DEEP from 2012-2015. Katie also served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, Inc. (RGGI) from 2014 to 2017. RGGI is a multi-state effort focused on reducing carbon emissions from electric generating facilities. Katie joined CT DEEP in March 2012 after prior service as Deputy General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and as a Legal Advisor to the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Energy. She is a graduate of Yale College and the Yale Law School.

Deputy Commissioner DECD Alexandra Daum

Alexandra Daum joined the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) in March of 2020. As deputy commissioner and chief investment officer, she helps drive public investment in local economic development projects and initiatives across Connecticut, including greenfield and brownfield commercial real estate transactions, public-private partnerships, urban revitalization efforts, and Opportunity Zones.

Previously Alexandra enjoyed a successful career in real estate, both in Connecticut and California. She served as Senior Development Manager at NHR Group and as the Founder and Principal of Field Properties, managing 10 residential assets in New Haven. Prior to that she worked at Trammell Crow Residential in its Northern California division. At TCR she was the project manager for a range of innovative developments including workforce housing on publicly-owned land, a public-private partnership to develop a new ferry service, and a luxury high-rise tower in downtown San Francisco.