Melissa Connelly

Melissa Connelly

Chief Executive Officer

ONEGOAL

Melissa Connelly is a first-generation college graduate who, in spite of starting high school in a truancy program, obtained three college degrees with a 4.0 GPA. She currently serves as the CEO of OneGoal and leads the organization as it tackles one of our nation's greatest injustices: the college graduation gap. Prior to assuming this role, Melissa served as OneGoal's Chief Program Officer. In this role, she was chiefly responsible for executing the programmatic vision to ensure all students have a legitimate opportunity to earn a college degree. She has spent over a decade in education leveraging her experiences, empathy, and drive to make certain her accomplishments are not an anomaly, but the norm for underserved youth. She earned a BA from the University of Illinois-Chicago, an MA in Teaching and a Masters of Education Administration from Dominican University. She also recently completed the prestigious Surge Institute Fellowship for emerging leaders of color in education.