In her role as Training and Movement Building Coordinator, Megan is part of a team dedicated to building a movement of empowered civic leaders in Western New York.
Prior to joining Open Buffalo in 2020, Connelly spent a decade with Cornell University's ILR School where she cultivated civically engaged and socially responsible students while supporting applied learning and research. She also previously served as the Director of Policy Advancement at Partnership for the Public Good, a community-based think-tank with over 300 affiliated partners that gives the nonprofit community and citizens a stronger voice in public policy.
Admitted to practice in New York, Connelly is a graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School. She previously worked at Neighborhood Legal Services in Buffalo, at the Youth Justice Project in South Bend, Indiana, and for the University at Buffalo’s Office of Civic Engagement and the Regional Institute. She believes that her own service experiences as an undergraduate at the University of Notre Dame helped to shape her values, interests and ultimately, her career path and she likes to provide similar transformative opportunities for people to engage with and learn from the community.
Locally, Connelly serves on the board of Assembly House 150, a dynamic, experiential learning center that brings people together in order to transform lives and the built environment through art, design and construction.