Maryanne Connelly

Council Member|

As a member of the Kiawah Town Council, I strive to make a positive impact on the future direction of the Town. This requires thoughtful consideration when executing the policies that impact our property owners and visitors.

My commitment to community started with a Building and Zoning issue with my New Jersey home. I decided to become part of the solution to this problem. I was appointed to the Planning Board and the Environmental Commission and subsequently elected to Town Council, also serving as Police Commissioner for nine years before being elected Mayor.  In 2000 I was a candidate for the United States Congress, NJ 7.

As head of Public Safety, my committee meets regularly with our public safety agencies to review monthly departmental activity. The implementation of a full-time sheriffs force has successfully enhanced the public safety principles on Kiawah. There is more to be done to assure that our emergency services provide exceptional service to our residents and are prepared to respond to natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, and tornados.

This year I will serve as the Town Council liaison to the Arts Council Board. This Board oversees the Arts and Cultural Events Council with respect to the budget, the Council’s policies and procedures. As liaison, I provide periodic reports to the Town Council and provide support to the ACEC as needed.

Additionally, I am the Council liaison to the Audit Committee. This committee reviews the financial controls for the Town as well as the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report which reflects the Towns financial condition. The committee also participates in the recommendation for audit services.

Alongside my commitment to the Town, I am a volunteer for the Respite Care Program of Charleston County, I participate in Habitat’s Women Build, and serve as a board vice president for Sea Island Habitat for Humanity.

My professional background as a Human Resources Executive at AT&T involved the development and implementation of corporate strategy in several AT&T businesses including Business Services, International, Consumer Products, and Bell Laboratories. I completed several Executive Development Programs including the Tuck School at Dartmouth and the Thunderbird School of International Business. I was a member of the executive planning team for the AT&T Divestiture.

My educational background includes a BS- St. Elizabeth’s University, MBA- Fairleigh Dickinson University, MA Education, and Special Education Certification – St. Peter’s University.

My husband Ed Marks and I have lived on Kiawah full-time for five years but have been coming to Kiawah since the purchase of our property in 1984.