Kevin Graff

Principal and Founder

Kevin Graff founded Graff Public Solutions, LLC (GPS) in 2011, and has led the firm's work on behalf of leading business organizations and nonprofit clients in the public arena. Prior to launching GPS, Kevin worked for five years as the Chief of Staff for Senate President Pro Tempore Donald Williams and the Senate Majority Caucus of the Connecticut General Assembly. Highly regarded by elected officials and staff colleagues, he was elevated to the position of Chief of Staff after two years as the Director of Policy.

Kevin started his career working in the state legislature for the Senate Chairs of the Transportation and Judiciary Committees and then as the Executive Aide to Senate Majority Leader George C. Jepsen.

In 2001, he began work as the Executive Director of the Mobilize Against Tobacco for Children's Health (MATCH) Coalition. As the lead advocate and lobbyist for the Coalition, Kevin succeeded in working with a wide variety of partners and organizations to pass Connecticut's landmark statewide smoking ban legislation.

The campaign is widely regarded as one of the most effective legislative advocacy efforts of the modern era. Many of the grassroots techniques and campaign strategies developed and utilized received national attention and became a model for efforts in other states.

Kevin graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Master of Business Administration. From 1999-2005 he served as an elected member of the Glastonbury Town Council.

Brendan Finley

Manager, Public Affairs

Brendan joined the GPS team in January 2016 and brings extensive knowledge of the ins and outs of the Connecticut General Assembly and the Executive Branch including tracking the progress of legislation and regulations, conducting research, mobilizing the grassroots and managing client relations. 

Before joining GPS, Brendan served as Legislator Coordinator for the lobbying firm Sullivan & LeShane, Inc., where he worked with the government relations team and in client coordination and communication. Prior to joining Sullivan & LeShane, Inc., Brendan served as Assistant Clerk for the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee where he assisted in administrative duties and in conducting research for Committee members and the clerk.

Prior to that, Brendan worked at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) as a Public Policy and Marketing Associate. His duties at CCM included working with public policy and advocacy staff and research staff. Brendan focused on legislative and regulatory issue policy development and also developed, organized and implemented advertising and marketing campaigns for CCM’s non-dues income programs.

Brendan graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.