Maeve Connolly is a Vice President in McAllister & Quinn’s growing Higher Education practice. In this role, Maeve oversees and provides comprehensive consulting services to college and university clients in areas such as federal and private funding, public-private and international partnerships, and institution-wide strategic projects. She also works with the internal team at McAllister & Quinn to develop and implement the practice’s strategic priorities.
Maeve has been with McAllister & Quinn since 2011 and has served as a fellow, research analyst, director, and managing director in the higher education practice. Maeve has worked with a diverse client portfolio to develop strategies in alignment with institutional priorities and execute these plans to achieve results. She has developed an intimate understanding of the culture on college campuses and utilizes this experience to work effectively with leadership, staff, and individual faculty members. Together with her clients, Maeve has worked to secure tens of millions of dollars in external funding from federal agencies and private foundations.
In her role as a Managing Director, Maeve worked collaboratively with clients to identify, pursue, and secure external funding for a wide range of projects including student scholarships, faculty-led research, recruitment and retention initiatives, and curriculum development. Maeve project managed all aspects of the application process from concept to final submission. Particular areas of focus included the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Education (ED), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), among others.
Prior to serving as a Managing Director, Maeve was a Director in the Higher Education Practice at McAllister & Quinn. Prior to that, Maeve was the Research Analyst for the Higher Education Practice. In this capacity, Maeve supported the higher education team and its clients by conducting prospecting research and proactively contacting federal agencies to monitor and analyze federal funding trends. Maeve was also responsible for organizing and executing quarterly leadership and faculty development workshops for clients. Maeve initially joined McAllister & Quinn as a Higher Education Research Fellow.
Maeve graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, GA. She also holds a Certificate in Personal and Organizational Leadership from the Institute for Leadership Advancement through the Terry College of Business at UGA. Maeve served as the president of the UGA Alumni Association’s Washington, DC Chapter throughout 2015 and 2016. Maeve also worked with the UGA in Washington Program to initiate an internship and mentoring program with McAllister & Quinn. This relationship has resulted in two UGA graduates joining McAllister & Quinn’s higher education practice full-time following graduation. Maeve resides in Washington, D.C. with her husband.