Key COST Staff
Elizabeth (Betsy) Gara is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST). In that capacity, she serves as the chief advocate for small towns at the state Capitol and before state agencies. She is committed to giving small towns a strong voice in the legislative process.
Prior to being appointed as COST’s Executive Director, Betsy was a principal in a lobbying firm she founded, representing a wide range of clients on state legislative and regulatory issues, including COST. Prior to that, Betsy was an Associate Counsel at the Connecticut Business & Industry Association (CBIA), the state’s largest trade association. In that capacity, she represented businesses on legislative and regulatory issues relating to education and training, labor and employment and civil litigation. While working full-time as an Insurance Examiner for the Connecticut Insurance Department, Betsy received her law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, where she majored in political science. Betsy lives in Durham with her husband and son where she has
been an active member of the community, serving on the Board of Education and other local committees.
Kathryn Dube is the Director of Membership and Legislative Services for the Connecticut Council of Small Towns (COST), and has been an integral part of the organization for over 10 years. Kathryn is currently responsible for membership development and retention of towns and associate members, providing meeting and conference planning and management thereof, including the annual Town Meeting conference, and Legislative and Administrative lobbying at the state Capitol in Hartford. While spending time
at the Capitol, Kathryn has worked to ensure Connecticut’s small towns have a voice in the legislative process. She has successfully advocated on a wide range of issues and has helped to shape public policy in areas critical to small towns.
Prior to working for COST, Kathryn worked in the health insurance field where she managed Front End Operations. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Central Connecticut State University. Kathryn currently lives in the small town of New Hartford with her husband and two daughters.