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Scott Brinkman

Scott Brinkman

Scott Brinkman

 Partner and Senior Policy Consultant


Scott@ConnectingTheDotsUS.com

(502) 552-7637

  

Scott Brinkman is an experienced senior executive who has served in a multitude of senior leadership positions. both within state government and the private sector. He has the ability to lead highly complex, multi-party transactions within a variety of disciplines to a successful conclusion.


Prior to his current role with Connecting the Dots Policy Solutions, Scott Brinkman served as the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet within the administration of Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin during the administration’s entire four-year term. As the Secretary of the Executive Cabinet, Scott was responsible for implementing all policies of the Governor, for coordinating all activities of the Governor’s Executive Cabinet (which included 11 separate cabinet secretaries), and advising and consulting with the Governor on all policy matters affecting the state. Scott also served as Acting Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for four months in early 2018.


Scott served as the Chair of the Kentucky Communications Network Authority during the Bevin Administration, which was responsible for constructing, managing and operating the KentuckyWired statewide broadband network. He was instrumental in successfully re-negotiating key project agreements as Chair of the Authority, which resulted in accelerated construction of the approximately 3,300 middle mile fiber optic network serving all regions of Kentucky.


Scott was elected to serve in the Kentucky House of Representatives for 10 years, from 2001 through 2010. He represented a district in eastern Jefferson County, which includes Metro Louisville. He was the primary sponsor of several bills focusing on developmental disabilities, including legislation passed in the 2010 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly creating an insurance benefit for children on the autism spectrum disorder. He also sponsored several items of successful legislation modernizing Kentucky’s business laws. 


Scott spent 35 years practicing corporate law with several law firms in Louisville. He began his legal career with the law firm of Greenebaum Doll & McDonald, where he became an equity partner within five years. He later was a founding partner of the law firm of Hirn, Reed & Harper. Scott concluded his successful legal career with the law firm of Stoll Keenon Ogden, where he served as the Chair of the commercial transactions section of the law firm. He resigned from Stoll Keenon Ogden effective as of December 31, 2015, to accept the position of Secretary of the Executive Cabinet for Governor Matt Bevin.


Scott served as the lead counsel on a wide variety of highly complex transactions involving multiple parties during his legal career, including significant merger and acquisition transactions, secured credit facilities, commercial real estate transactions, and tax-exempt bond transactions.  e also has given general legal advice on many topics to a wide variety of clients, including hospital systems and long-term care companies. 


Scott has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and a Juris Doctorate from University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Scott currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Louisville. He previously chaired The Austism Spectrum Disorder Task Force in 2006, and also served on the Applied Behavior Analysis Licensure Board from 2010 to 2020. He served on the Board of Directors of the Waterfront Development Corporation from 2004 through 2019.


Scott is admitted to practice law in Kentucky and currently resides in Louisville, Kentucky.

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Kristi Putnam

Scott Brinkman

Scott Brinkman

 Partner and Senior Policy Consultant 


Kristi@ConnectingTheDotsUS.com

(850) 728-5205


Kristi Putnam brings tremendous policy and operations leadership experience to her clients. She is known for her ability to be a benevolent disrupter capable of driving collaboration between disparate agencies or programs to maximize program outcomes. Kristi has provided  policy strategies and guidance to legislative leaders, such as the Speaker of the House in Kentucky House of Representatives, Federal Agencies such as The Administration for Children & Families’  (ACF) Office of Family Assistance (OFA), and numerous state HHS Agencies.


Prior to her role with Connecting the Dots, Kristi joined the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) in March 2016 in the child welfare and family assistance office. After serving with CHFS for two years and leading Medicaid 1115 waiver innovation efforts, in May 2018 she was appointed to serve as Deputy Secretary of CHFS, where she served until December 2019. In this role, Kristi helped lead impactful and collaborative cross-cabinet reforms in health policy, public benefits delivery, human-centered design and workforce strategies, operations technology improvements, child welfare, and education supports. She assisted in leading daily operations for a cabinet with more than 8,000 employees and an operating budget of over $14 billion.


Before moving to Kentucky from, from 2012 – 2015, Kristi served as the Child Welfare Services Manager, Chief of Community-Based Care, and Statewide Foster Care Licensing Specialist in Florida’s privatized community-based system of foster care and adoption. Her prior experience in Florida included policy and legislative development and implementation in the Department of Education, Department for Children, Florida Partnership for School Readiness, and Executive Office of the Governor.


Kristi started her career as a classroom teacher, which bridged her quickly over to human services and education policy. She has 27 years of experience in state policy development and implementation expertise in education, early education and child development, child welfare services, public benefits (including Medicaid), child advocacy, communications and legislative coordination. 


A native Floridian, Kristi moved to Louisville, Kentucky in June 2015. She currently lives in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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Adam Meier

Scott Brinkman

Adam Meier

Partner and Senior Policy Consultant


Adam@ConnectingTheDotsUS.com

(859) 479-6070

   

Adam Meier is a dynamic executive leader, known for developing and implementing high-impact, cross-functional policies focused on building health, child welfare, substance use disorder response, workforce and public benefits delivery services. Capable operational director with a history of successfully leading teams of more than 8,000 and optimizing multi-billion dollar budgets.


Prior to his role with Connecting the Dots Policy Solutions, Adam Meier most recently served as the Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) from 2018 through December 2019. Under his leadership, CHFS undertook significant cross-cabinet reforms in the areas of health policy, child welfare, substance use disorder response, and public benefits delivery. He was responsible for strategic planning and daily operations oversight of a cabinet with more than 8,000 employees and an annual budget of over $14 billion.


Before his appointment as CHFS Secretary, Adam Meier served as Governor Matt Bevin’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy starting in December 2015. As Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, Adam’s focus was oversight of policy advising for the formation, coordination and implementation to move key policy initiatives forward. In that role, he focused much of his day to day attention on health policy, education and workforce policy, helping to coordinate the state’s opioid response, and improving technology, data and analytical capabilities to better measure policy outcomes. He also helped led several high priority initiatives for the Governor, such as (1) helping draft, negotiate, and plan Kentucky’s innovative HEALTH 1115 waiver, (2) leading the successful transition from Kentucky’s state based platform to healthcare.gov, saving the states $15 million while even increasing enrollment, and (3) co-chairing Kentucky’s Work Matters Task Force.


Adam also has experience at the Federal level, having served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Contracting Officer, and at the elected local government level, where he served on the Fort Thomas City Council.


Adam is an attorney admitted to practice law in Ohio and Kentucky.   He currently lives in Fort Thomas, Kentucky