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President and CEO

Following a nationwide search in 2011, Andrew Fleischmann was named President and CEO of Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters, the state’s premier youth mentoring organization.

Fleischmann has represented Connecticut’s 18th House District (West Hartford) since 1995. He serves as Chairman of the Education Committee, and is a member of the Appropriations Committee, where he serves on the subcommittees for Education and Higher Education. A longtime advocate for children, Fleischmann has championed reforms to help ensure that all of Connecticut’s children have access to high quality education that prepares them for the 21st century workplace.

Outside of the legislature, Fleischmann spent six years as Chief Operating Officer of Speedreading People, a communications training firm. As one of the firm’s co-founders, he led the capitalization of the company and was integrally involved in the development of its strategic business plan. He also played a key role in developing the company’s strategic partnerships, as well as programs on leadership and team effectiveness there.

During his career, Fleischmann has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including: The Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance’s “Children’s Champion” Award (2016), The CT Association of Boards of Education “Legislator of the Year Award” (2016), The Peace Island Institute’s “Statesman of the Year” Award (2015), The Connecticut Association of Public School Superintendents’ Legislative Award (2010), and the Connecticut Family Resource Alliance “Friend of Families” Award (2007)..

Fleischmann received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, graduating from its Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. He earned an M.A. in history from Stanford University. Fleischmann, his wife Caroline and their two daughters live in West Hartford.