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. 


Rob Kavaler

Director of Design & Digital Media

Rob joined GPS in June 2014, and brings his knowledge of graphic design, photography, social media and other digital media to the firm.

Before joining the team, Rob worked as a freelancer for various businesses and organizations in the Greater Hartford area including The Open Hearth Association, Charter Oak Cultural Center, Center for Higher Education Retention Excellence (CHERE) and the West Hartford Summer Arts Festival.

Kavaler has designed logos, event programs, brochures, newsletters, posters and other collateral materials. He has photographed events including news conferences, public hearings, concerts, theatrical performances and dance showcases. As a creative person he is always looking for a new challenge, enjoys working closely with clients and strives for the best quality in his work.

Rob graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Digital Art & Design and a minor in Communication.


Sarah Jakubowski

Account Manager

Sarah joined GPS in October 2013 and brings extensive marketing and communications experience to the firm, particularly in the area of non-profit organizations.

Sarah spent seven years at the United Way of Connecticut, the last five of which she was Director of Marketing & Communications. In her position, she created a widespread statewide marketing and media for Infoline 2-1-1, Connecticut’s information and referral hotline. She also chaired a statewide marketing committee focused primarily on awareness campaigns, utilizing grassroots techniques and pro bono advertising.

In addition to mass marketing, Sarah educated legislators, executive branch officials and local community leaders about 2-1-1 and its comprehensive database of services available to constituents. She is also a veteran of political campaigns, having designed literature and media strategies for numerous state and local candidates.

For the past ten years, Sarah has been a full-time mother to her five children: 12-year old twins, a 9-year-old, and 7-year-old twins. She spends many hours volunteering in both youth activities and the West Hartford Public School system.

Sarah graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and a minor in Political Science.


Andrew Lerch

Sessional Assistant

Andrew joined the GPS team in February as a sessional assistant for the 2017 legislative session.

Before joining GPS, Andrew interned at reSET Social Enterprise Trust, a Hartford-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector in Connecticut. As a development intern, Andrew provided assistance to emerging social enterprises and co-authored a report proposing legislative changes aimed at making Connecticut more hospitable to emerging social enterprises. Prior to working at reSET, Andrew served as the Chapter & Community Programs Fellow for Net Impact, a Bay Area nonprofit that provides assistance to students and professionals who want drive social and environmental change through their workplace or campus.

In addition to his nonprofit experience, Andrew has served as a legislative intern for a New Jersey state senator and as a research intern for the Somerset County (NJ) Democratic Committee. In these capacities, Andrew assisted with constituent casework, legislative research, and local elections.

Andrew graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Political Science and Human Rights. He is excited to bring his knowledge of nonprofit organizations and state-level politics to GPS.


Marketing and Public Relations Intern

Rianna Susco

Marketing and Public Relations Intern

Rianna joined the GPS team this May as the Marketing and Public Relations Intern for the 2017 summer. She is currently a senior at Bryant University, studying Marketing and Communication.

During the school year, Rianna interned at Bryant University’s Office of Alumni Engagement, where she developed promotional event materials and created social media content. She also gained experienced coding confidential alumni data into the computer’s information system.

Rianna utilized her experiences in Alumni Engagement outside of the office as a member of the Student Alumni Association. She previously served as the Director of Community Outreach, which allowed her to develop new events and fundraisers to connect students with alumni, all while serving to advance the philanthropic efforts of the association. In her new role as the Vice President of Membership, she is responsible for planning group retreats and increasing member retention. In addition, Rianna served on the Entertainment Committee for her school’s Relay for Life event, as she is passionate about helping non-profit organizations.

She is excited to bring her creativity, communication skills, and marketing experience to GPS.