Senior consultant to the Partnership
Mike Hanley focuses on broadening support for supportive and affordable housing initiatives among such key constituencies as the business and financial communities, state and federal policymakers and municipal officials. Mike comes to the Partnership after three decades of success in the worlds of government, finance and public affairs.
Mike was a legislative and policy aide to Governors Ella Grasso and William A. O’Neill from 1976 until 1983, when he was named senior vice president of the Connecticut Bankers Association. There, he handled all state and federal legislative and regulatory issues affecting the financial services industry. Mike became a partner with the government relations and political consulting firm of Gaffney, Bennett and Associates in 1987, retiring in 2003.
Among the firm’s many clients, Mike began representing the Partnership in 2002 before state agencies and the legislature. He is a member and former chairman of the Board of Directors of Billings Forge Community Works, a non-profit responsible for the development and management of the Melville Charitable Trust's Mission Related Investments in the Frog Hollow neighborhood of Hartford. Mike also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Connecticut Legal Services and LISC's Local Advisory Committee. A native of Hartford and a 1974 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Mike lives in Bristol with his wife Mary Ann O’Connor Hanley.