HARTFORD – Following a nationwide search, nine-term Connecticut state representative Andrew M. Fleischmann has been named president and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, it was announced recently by William J. Carew, chairman of the statewide youth mentoring organization.
“We are excited that Andy has agreed to lead Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters into this new era for the agency,” said Carew. “Andy’s unique blend of energy, intelligence and passion, and his experience in both the private and public arenas, will help us to expand the impact of our mission in the communities we serve.”
“I can think of few organizations that help children more profoundly than Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Fleischmann. “Studies show that the support it gives at-risk children makes them less likely to become involved with drugs, alcohol, or crime. And it makes them more likely to stay in school, get good grades and reach their full potential. I can’t wait to get started.”
Fleischmann has represented Connecticut’s 18th House District (West Hartford) since 1995. He serves as chairman of the Education Committee and chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Education. A longtime advocate for children, Fleischmann has championed sweeping reforms to help ensure that all of Connecticut’s children have access to high quality education that prepares them for the 21st century workplace.
Outside of the legislature, Fleischmann has spent the past six years as Chief Operating Officer of Speedreading People, a communications training firm.
Fleischmann is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ Legislative Award (2010), the Connecticut Family Resource Alliance “Friend of Families” Award (2007), and the American Federation of Teachers’ Connecticut Chapter Award (2006).
Fleischmann received a bachelors degree from Princeton University and earned a masters in history from Stanford University. He lives in West Hartford with his wife and two daughters.
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