AnnMaura Connolly joined City Year as Chief of Staff in 2000 and since then has held progressively senior positions, including Senior Vice President for Global Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships and Chief External Affairs Officer. She currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer and Executive Vice President. As CSO/EVP, AnnMaura directs City Year’s public policy, public affairs, communications, and international work. She also manages relationships with national and international leaders and organizational partners, works closely with the CEO on a wide range of policy and strategic advancement issues, and serves as a member of City Year’s Executive Management Team. In addition, AnnMaura serves as President of Voices for National Service, a coalition of hundreds of service organizations that work together to advance citizen service policy.
AnnMaura has worked to expand opportunities for young people to serve since 1989. After graduating from the College of Holy Cross with a B.A. in Political Science, she served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Southern California. As a Jesuit Volunteer, she helped to create and lead a counseling program for refugees from Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Eastern Europe.
After returning to Washington in 1987, AnnMaura spent two years directing a national grants program and managing special projects at Very Special Arts, an international organization dedicated to increasing opportunities in the visual and performing arts for people with disabilities. In 1989, she joined the staff of Youth Service America, where she held several senior positions, and helped to create a series of new programs, including National Youth Service Day, the New Generation Training Program, the Social Entrepreneurs Program, and the National Service Seminar.
In 1995, she joined the Corporation for National Service, where she served as Deputy Director, Independent Sector in the Office of Public Liaison. After leaving the Corporation in 1998, AnnMaura was an independent consultant to a variety of foundations and nonprofits, including the Grantmaker Forum on Community and National Service, Atlantic Philanthropies, the AmeriCorps Anniversary Committee, and the Corporation for National Service. She joined City Year as Chief of Staff in 2000.
AnnMaura currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Eli J. Segal Citizen Leadership Program at Brandeis University, the Steering Committee for the Civic Mission of Schools, the Board of Directors for the Be the Change Action Fund, the Leadership Council for ServiceNation, and the Federal Advisory Council of the National Center for Service and Innovative Leadership at The Presidio.