Kevin Alvarez is Deputy Chief of Staff and Director of Policy for the Office of the State Treasurer where he is currently overseeing the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET) and ABLE program, as well as the implementation of the CT Baby Bonds Program. Previously, he served in the Office of Mayor Justin Elicker as Director of Legislative Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff. In that role he led the city’s state agenda advocating for increased housing opportunities for New Haven residents, and represented the city on the Board of the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities (CCM) and the Executive Committee of the South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG).
During his time in the Mayor’s office, he played an active role in moving the Mayor’s policy agenda forward. He led the city’s push for an increase in Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) that resulted in a more than doubling of state aid to the city of New Haven. In addition, he was a member of the negotiating team with state DOT that led to the Union Station Partnership, and with Yale University that resulted in the largest single year increase in their voluntary contribution to the city and the creation of the Center for Inclusive Growth. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he served as a member of the city’s command staff leading research and planning, and assisted the Community Services Administration in the initial planning for Elm City Compass.
Prior to his time in the Mayor’s office, he served as a consultant to a number of state legislative campaigns, and within the office of Congressman Joe Courtney as a caseworker focused on housing, higher education, and workforce development. He resides in the Fair Haven neighborhood of New Haven.