MEET CAROLANNE CURRY
As a lifelong resident of Connecticut and 25-year resident of Westport, Carolanne Curry is active in politics, committed to her community and holds a long professional career in¬†public service.
Her professional experience includes Department Director of several municipal agencies overseeing large numbers of staff, annual budgets in the millions, program development, streamlining agencies and programs while enhancing productivity of governmental operations and maximizing staff functions .
Carolanne’s experience as the City of New Haven’s Director of Welfare and the City of Bridgeport’s Director of the¬†Welfare, saw¬†her recruit employees, deal with budget cutbacks, and transition departments.
In her most recent appointment, Carolanne helped to establish¬† the¬†Citi-Stat program in Bridgeport, modeled on the successfully implemented program¬†in Baltimore, Maryland, where the end results were a more cost-effective delivery of services and programs, more productive employees and a more efficient use of taxpayer money.
Carolanne’s¬†s work with¬†the Citi-Stat Department¬†in Bridgeport resulted in 117 findings for improving the City’s¬†services. She is currently¬†following the¬†progress of¬† Maryland’s effort¬†to incorporate this program on¬†the State level. She see this as a State model for¬†Connecticut. The program will refocus how money is allocated, how services are delivered and how cost savings are passed onto the taxpayer.
She was also responsible for managing public sector functions resulting from legislation and/or severe budget cutbacks, re-engineering welfare functions to expedite the delivery of services, reducing the potential for fraud and upgrading¬† compliance, formulating management initiatives resulting in a significant reduction in employee grievances, devising strategies to support management’s position in collective bargaining negotiations and managing public relations campaigns designed to communicate the objectives of and win support for governmental programs.
Through task force memberships, Carolanne played a major role in developing a Youth Services Plan featuring health, education and social skills components and in expanding a private/public partnership summer youth employment program into a year-round service. As a member of the Mayor‚Äôs Task Force on Universal Childcare Access, she was given a role in defining daycare staffing standards, monitoring service quality and resolving operational issues.
In the Westport community where she lives, Carolanne has been a leader in seeking to keep a healthy¬†balance between the goal of land developers and the rights of residential property owners to preserve the quality of life that Westport offers.¬† She was appointed to serve as a Westport Planning and Zoning Alternate, a position she currently holds.
She is well known for her history of support of¬†women’s rights, reproductive rights and LGBT rights.
Carolanne was President and Founder of Blue Hills Insurance: a brokerage¬†that handled life, health and accident insurance. She was also Partner and Vice-President of Income Protectors, Inc, an insurance brokerage for marketing group products.
Her political experience includes several years in the Senate Democrat Majority Office as Administrative Assistant to the Senate Majority Leader and Senate President¬†working on legislative research, constituent services¬†and public relations; Founder of First Woman President, Inc., President Emerita of The Women’s Campaign School at Yale University, Member, Connecticut Women’s Education and¬† Legal Fund (CWEALF), Founding Board Member of Career Resources in Bridgeport¬†and member of Greater New Haven Leadership.
She has extensive experience in public speaking and election campaign¬†training programs¬†at colleges and universities around the country, as well as for women’s business groups and women’s bar associations. Carolanne attended University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT,¬† St. Joseph’s College, West Hartford, CT and Florida Atlantic University, Miami,¬†FL.
Carolanne currently resides in Westport, CT with her partner of 24 years, Selma Miriam, who is a co-owner of Bloodroot Restaurant in Bridgeport, right on the Sound.