Jefferson B. Guimond
From 2007 to 2011 Jefferson Guimond served as the Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs in the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. In this capacity, Guimond served as a primary political, policy and public affairs advisor to Attorney General Patrick C. Lynch responsible for crafting legislation and setting the Attorney General's policy agenda.
Guimond also served as a primary liaison to the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) and the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA). In 2008 and 2009 Guimond led the development and execution of Attorney General Lynch's NAAG presidential initiative policy conference focusing on online safety, privacy and child protection. His policy area of focus included public safety, consumer protection and consumer financial protection.
Previously, Guimond served as finance director for then Lieutenant Governor Fogarty's (D-Rl) 2006 gubernatorial campaign. In his first foray into political fundraising he led the finance team, exceeding every fundraising goal, raising close to $1million in 8 months. During this time, Guimond also helped raise several hundred thousand dollars for the Rhode Island Democratic Party on Fogarty's behalf. This allowed the campaign to match a wealthy, popular incumbent dollar for dollar in campaign spending.
Prior to January of 2006, Guimond served as the Director of Legislative and Governmental Affairs in the Office of Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty. In this role, Guimond served as the primary liaison between the lieutenant governor and all branches and levels of government. He also served as a senior policy advisor responsible for drafting legislation and setting the lieutenant governor's policy agenda. His policy areas of focus included economic development, healthcare, public safety and the environment.
As staff person to the Rhode Island Small Business Advocacy Council (chaired by the lieutenant governor), Guimond was responsible for the organizations policy, public relations and member relations functions. In recognition of his efforts on behalf of Rhode Island small businesses, Guimond was awarded the Special Achievement Award by the US Small Business Administration at their annual Salute to Small Business in 2005.
In 2002 Guimond served as campaign director to Lieutenant Governor Fogarty's re-election campaign. He was responsible for all campaign functions including message development, campaign budget, grassroots development, coalition building and fundraising. Fogarty was reelected overwhelming in this 4-way race.
Guimond received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Political Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1998 where he was a member of the Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society and received a Master of Science in Public Affairs from the John W. McCormack Institute of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts at Boston in 2005.