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Norwalk-Based GE Capital Exec To Lead State's Human Rights Commission

NORWALK, Conn. -- Gary Collins, who works as a core compliance leader with GE Capital in Norwalk, has been selected to serve as chairman of the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced.

“Our collective mission to end discrimination in all forms is critical to ensuring our state continues to be a place where all people are able to reach their full potential and realize their dreams,” said Collins, who lives in Portland.  “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the state in this most important role.”

The state agency is responsible for addressing discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and working to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state.

“While significant progress has been made to advance equal rights since the agency was created nearly 70 years ago, we still need to ensure that people of all backgrounds in our state receive fair and just treatment, whether that be regarding issues surrounding employment, housing, or other activities,” Malloy said.  “Gary has broad experience and the commission will be well served with him functioning as its chairperson.  I look forward to him serving in this role.” A lawyer by training, Collins has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law since 2004. He previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., after which he joined Day, Berry & Howard LLC (now Day Pitney) where he was elected partner in 2006.

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