State Representative Eleni Kavros DeGraw was elected in November 2020 to represent the 17th district in Avon and Canton. She is Vice-chair of the Finance Committee, and serves on the Energy and Technology, and Public Health Committees.

Eleni is a graduate of James Madison University and and The Campaign School at Yale (formerly the Women’s Campaign School at Yale) as well as, Emerge Connecticut. She is a long-serving community leader, campaign consultant, development professional, and writer.

While excited to represent her community in her newly elected role, Eleni is no stranger to leadership. She served as an active board member for Hands on Hartford for six years, led initiatives and built teams to raise funds and secure resources for schools, food banks, and child advocacy groups, and recently worked as the Giving Team Coordinator for Foodshare.

As the co-founder of two local grassroots organizations in the Farmington Valley, ForwardCT and 100 Women Who Can – Farmington Valley, Eleni has worked tirelessly to educate and inspire residents to support critical causes including equity, poverty, healthcare, refugees, education, and the environment.

Her experience in these leadership positions has given her an inside look of what the most vulnerable communities in Connecticut need. Eleni plans to utilize this knowledge in the House and will help implement necessary changes for the betterment of not only her district, but the state as well.

A resident of the Farmington Valley for more than 20 years, Eleni lives in Avon with her three children and husband who is the founder and CEO of a service-disabled veteran-owned small business.