Joseph A. Connolly brings over 25 years of experience in public administration, business, and retirement investment leadership to his role as Senior Managing Director of Strategic Development. In his more than 14 year tenure as the Treasurer of Norfolk County, Mr. Connolly oversaw the County bond rating increase from Aa3 to Aa2, the first upgrade in thirty years that the County had experienced. As Chairman of the Board of the Norfolk County Retirement System (NCRS), Mr. Connolly inherited assets under management (AUM) of $300M, and retired with assets totaling $860M, all while successfully navigating several turbulent periods of volatility while simultaneously recording significant returns.
Mr. Connolly’s public service extends beyond Norfolk County. In 2015, Massachusetts State Treasurer Deb Goldberg appointed Mr. Connolly to the Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management (PRIM) Board, which acts as Trustee for each retirement system that invests in the Pension Reserves Investment Trust (PRIT) and is responsible for the control and management of the Fund. Mr. Connolly currently serves on the Administration and Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee.
In addition to his role in public sector investment management, Mr. Connolly served as City Councilor At-Large in the City of Weymouth, MA for three terms (six years), including the City’s inaugural administration when residents voted to change to a city form of government.
Mr. Connolly has been an adjunct professor in the Management Department of Curry College since 2005. Prior to teaching in Curry, Joe was an adjunct professor at Newbury College for several years.
Mr. Connolly earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from Boston State College, and Masters of Public Administration from The McCormack Institute at the University of Massachusetts.