FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- The American Cancer Society has announced the hiring of John Brannelly as a senior market manager for community engagement in its Norwalk office at 38 Richards Ave.
Brannelly, a Fairfield resident, will be responsible for relationship management and engagement of the society’s community partners throughout Fairfield County.
He will work to mobilize volunteers and key community constituents in an effort to save more lives from cancer.
Brannelly previously worked in corporate relations for the society for eight years in California. While there, he forged partnerships with the San Diego Padres and the San Diego Chargers, implementing the NFL’s “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer awareness campaign.
He worked with Fortune 500 companies, such as Sempra Energy and Qualcomm to implement the society’s employee engagement programs and oversaw San Diego’s million-dollar Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, as well as the San Diego Invitational and Daffodil Days programs.
In addition to his experience with the American Cancer Society, Brannelly previously worked in public relations at The WorkPlace Inc. and was the planning and communications director for the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA, developing its strategic plan and crisis communications.
He also served as a Bridgeport City Council Member from 1991-97 and 1999-01.
Brannelly's focus turned to fundraising when he served as executive director of the Darien United Way before relocating to San Diego with his spouse in 2003.
Most recently he worked for The Center for Family Justice in Bridgeport as the chief development and communications officer, overseeing revenue goals of about $2.6 million.
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