Comptroller Braswell ArchiveBiography
Natalie Braswell completed the term of her friend and former colleague Kevin Lembo, who resigned due to health issues on Dec. 31, 2021. She was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont. During her tenure, Natalie oversaw the launch of the CT Essential Workers COVID-19 Assistance Fund, the MyCTSavings private sector retirement program and the Premium Pay program for essential workers. Her administration negotiated state employee healthcare terms projected to save over $400 million while expanding value-based health care programs. All the while, she provided reliable budgetary guidance culminating in a $2.8 billion volatility transfer to pay down CT pension debt. Upon completing her term, Braswell was appointed by Governor Ned Lamont as general counsel.
Braswell served for 10 years as General Counsel and Assistant State Comptroller under Lembo. As the agency's chief legal officer, she negotiated and drafted a number of technology, healthcare, pharmacy and consulting contracts with statewide impact, and served as a chief negotiator for transformative agreements to modernize service delivery and save taxpayer dollars. Braswell played a critical role in the development of fiscal policy, retirement security programs, health care initiatives and other key agency operations.
Prior to her appointment, Braswell served as the chief of planning, legal, and regulatory affairs at the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP). She was an Associate Attorney at Updike, Kelly & Spellacy, PC where she practiced in the areas of municipal finance, public law and general corporate law from 2007-2011.
She is the former Vice President of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association and the UConn Law School Foundation Board of Directors and currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Urban Legal Initiative.
Braswell is a "Triple Husky," having attended the University of Connecticut where she earned a BA in Political Science, a Masters in Public Administration, and a JD from the School of Law. She lives in Bloomfield with her husband Rob, her daughter Gabby, and their dog Diogi.