Bernard L. Kavaler

Bringing three decades of senior level executive experience in communications strategy, policy development  and program management with state government organizations focusing on finance, law, business, civic involvement and higher education, Bernard Kavaler is Managing Principal of Express Strategies, a strategic communications and public policy consulting business he founded in 2012.


A well-respected and accomplished communications and policy professional, his responsibilities have included communications policy development and implementation, strategic and crisis planning, public and media relations, marketing, speech writing, publication and web content development and outreach to strategic partners and major constituencies.

Prior to founding Express Strategies, he served as a key member of the executive staff of four of Connecticut’s constitutional officers and the state’s university system, developing expertise in high profile project management in a public context.  His leadership positions included service with the Offices of Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the State and State Treasurer. He was also the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs for the Connecticut State University System.


He was principal author, researcher and editor for Connecticut’s Report on the State of Democracy, and was lead staff member on gubernatorial commissions including the High Technology Council, Task Force on Racial Harmony, and Task Force on Missing Children, and was the Lieutenant Governor’s liaison to the state legislature. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from the University of Hartford, has taught as an Adjunct Faculty member in the university's School of Communication, and earned professional certificates in Leadership Excellence and Principles of Fundraising.

During a previous career in broadcasting and journalism, he was recognized by the Connecticut Associated Press for outstanding cooperation in news coverage, and was a general assignment reporter and producer for Hartford’s only all-news radio station. His freelance news and sports articles have appeared in numerous publications, and he has drafted opinion pieces, speeches and news articles on a broad range of subjects.  He has served on the executive committee of the Travelers Championship and a U.S. Presidential Debate, and continues to serve on numerous nonprofit boards.

Additionally, he founded, manages and compiles Connecticut by the Numbers, the state's leading numbers-driven news website.