Eric George

Eric George, Esq.
President

Having spent more than two decades representing the interests of Connecticut businesses before policymakers as well as working directly for the General Assembly early in his career, Eric is well known throughout state government as an effective and experienced leader and advocate.  Before joining the IAC, Eric served as the Principal of the Eric George Group, LLC where he provided a wide array of legislative, regulatory and executive lobbying and consulting services to a number of high profile business clients. He also served as chief lobbyist for healthcare related matters and in-house counsel for Connecticut’s largest and most renowned statewide business and industry association.  Eric was also an attorney with one of the top law firms in Connecticut, where he practiced in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, and municipal finance.  As a part of Eric’s involvement with his community, he leads one of Hartford’s most renowned and historic membership organizations; has served as an active volunteer with the March of Dimes; has served as a fundraising chair of Camp Courant (which operates a free day camp for underprivileged young people); has served as a member of the Connecticut Judicial Selection Commission; has served as a member of the Connecticut Criminal Justice Commission; and has served as a member of the Glastonbury Board of Education.  Eric received both his law and undergraduate degrees from The University of Connecticut.

Contact: 860-206-6030,  egeorge@iaconnecticut.com

Joy Avallone

Joy Avallone, Esq.
General Counsel

Prior to joining the IAC, Joy served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Connecticut. An accomplished litigator, Joy is also an expert in Connecticut workers’ compensation law. During her time with the Office of the Attorney General, Joy defended workers’ compensation cases for the State of Connecticut and the Second Injury Fund.  Joy is a graduate of the University of Vermont and Quinnipiac School of Law.

Contact: 860-206-6031,  javallone@iaconnecticut.com

Paula Toussaint

Paula Toussaint
Paula Toussaint
Communications Director

An experienced communications professional within the insurance industry, Paula is responsible for legislative tracking and reporting; online and social content; national, state and local media monitoring, as well as operations management for the IAC.  

Contact: 860-206-6029, ptoussaint@iaconnecticut.com

Nicole Griffin

Nicole Griffin
Contract Lobbyist

A partner at Powers, Griffin & Hill – one of the premiere lobbying firms in Connecticut – Nicole is engaged by the IAC as a Contract Lobbyist.  As a former Deputy Legislative Director to the Office of the Governor of Connecticut and longtime lobbyist in private practice, Nicole has extensive contacts and relationships throughout both the legislative and executive branch. Her relationships with these key public officials are longstanding – based on friendships and trust that have developed over many years. Nicole frequently leverages her relationships with key legislators and others who work at the Capitol and in the executive branch on behalf of the IAC and its members.

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill
Contract Lobbyist

A partner at Powers, Griffin & Hill – one of the premiere lobbying firms in Connecticut – Kevin is engaged by the IAC as a Contract Lobbyist.  Kevin is a public policy professional who utilizes his knowledge of the state’s legislative process to aid the IAC. Kevin previously served as the Field Director for U.S. Senator Murphy, where he managed a staff of organizers throughout Connecticut’s fifth congressional district. Kevin developed and maintained extensive contacts at the local, state and federal level as he coordinated the campaign’s efforts with local Democratic Town Committees, the State Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

CJ Kowaleski

CJ Kowaleski
CJ Kowaleski
Associate Lobbyist

A member of the Powers, Griffin & Hill team, CJ  is a governmental affairs associate with a vast knowledge of State Government. He is responsible for the tracking and monitoring of legislative and administrative issues for clients, researching and preparing analyses of public policy matters as well as the most up-to-date national and local media monitoring.