September 8, 2021
Connecticut Lobbying Group, LLC combines more than three decades of experience in legislative and regulatory affairs with expertise in economic analysis, coalition-building, issue research and public relations. This depth of expertise allows us to put together winning strategies to assist your organization in achieving its advocacy goals.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Gara - In 2002, Betsy established a full-service lobbying firm which has successfully represented the interests of a wide range of clients at the state Capitol and before state agencies. Betsy is often considered the go-to person at the state Capitol when a complicated issue arises because she has the analytical skills to assess the impact of proposed legislation and the political acumen to deftly address the issue. Her ability to implement successful legislative strategies, build effective coalitions, draft legislation and understand complex laws and regulations has allowed the firm to win passage of key legislation on behalf of our clients. Prior to establishing her own firm, Betsy was one of the lead attorneys for the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA) on education and workforce development issues, labor and employment law, tax policy, business law & liability and transportation. Prior to CBIA, Betsy worked for the Connecticut Insurance Department in a variety of regulatory positions and for the Connecticut General Assembly as an assistant clerk and legislative aide. Betsy received her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut, and her Juris Doctor from Quinnipiac University School of Law.
James Berardino – James assists the firm in tracking legislation, preparing status reports, monitoring legislative committee meetings and public hearings, coordinating meetings with legislators and agency officials, drafting testimony, and developing communications strategies. His background in finance and economics has been critical in analyzing the fiscal impact of legislative and regulatory proposals. In addition, James’ background in marketing, video production, and digital media has been instrumental in developing and implementing effective grassroots strategies and communications plans to advance our clients’ goals. James received a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business with concentrations in Marketing and Spanish from Bryant University. He is also an accomplished landscape photographer.