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About Maryanne Connelly

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Maryanne Connelly was raised in Maplewood, New Jersey.  She was raised by her mom, Catherine, with her younger brother John and sister Kathleen.  Maryanne attended high school in Elizabeth, New Jersey and attended the College of Saint Elizabeth where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition in 1967.  After graduating from college, Maryanne had a one-year internship at Cornell Medical Center-New York Hospital where she received her Professional Registration as a Dietician.  Maryanne spent another year working at Cornell Medical Center until she married her husband, David in 1969.

After her marriage, Maryanne returned to New Jersey where she began her work at Bell Labs as a registered dietician in 1969.  At the encouragement of her colleagues and supervisors, in 1970, Maryanne started working to get her MBA at night and received her degree in 1975.  Maryanne spent over 25 years working in the telecommunications industry.  Maryanne was repeatedly promoted through Bell Labs and AT&T and served in offices around New Jersey and the world.

Maryanne served in the International Division where she implemented AT&T's international human resources plans and provided  support for 11,000 offshore employees and their families.  In 1996, Maryanne was promoted to Network Commerce Services Director, where she was responsible for Human Resources in the Internet division of AT&T.  In 1998, Maryanne retired from AT&T.

While working at AT&T, Maryanne became active in her community.  In 1981, she was concerned about zoning and planning around her new home in Fanwood, New Jersey, and worked hard to Lobby the Fanwood Planning Board to protect her neighborhood.  She served on the Fanwood Planning Board from 1984 to 1986 and from 1996 to 1999.  Maryanne ran in 1985 for Fanwood Council, where she served 9 years, and was appointed Police Commissioner and Borough President.  In 1995, she was elected Mayor of Fanwood and served her full four-year term, ending in December 1999.  In Fanwood, Maryanne negotiated first single family Housing plan with NJ Council on Affordable Housing (COAH).

Maryanne has served her community as Chair of the Benedictine Academy Board of Trustees; Fanwood Board of Education Liaison; Fanwood Library Board of Directors Member; Raritan Valley Transportation Advisory Board Member; and as a New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety Member.  She also has Criminal Justice Police Training Certification and New Jersey Certification for Substitute Teaching.