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Connecticut’s largest private nonprofit association named a top employee in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s administration as its first president and CEO.

After a nationwide search, the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance Board of Directors named Gian-Carl Casa, who is currently undersecretary for legislative affairs at the Office of Policy and Management, as its new president and CEO.

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance was created in January when the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits and the Connecticut Community Providers Association merged.

Casa joined the Malloy administration in 2011. His work focused on the state budget and bond package. He was also the agency spokesman. Casa, who has played more of a behind-the-scenes role, will take over as president and CEO of the organization on July 28.

Prior to joining the Malloy administration, Casa worked for more than two decades at the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities.

“We are very fortunate to have attracted to this position an individual of Mr. Casa’s caliber and experience,” Alliance Board Chair Peter DeBiasi said. “Our members and those we serve will benefit greatly from his knowledge of Connecticut and its legislative process, his commitment to advocacy and capacity building, and his many years of leadership within a large statewide association.”

The CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, which represents about 550 nonprofits who provide social services to half a million Connecticut residents has struggled over the past few years with getting the administration and the General Assembly to properly fund their operations.