Sheila O’Connell

Sheila O’Connell brings to McKenna Media vast political and issue campaign experience.

This is not the first time Sheila and Martha have joined forces in the name of change. They worked at EMILY’s List together when Sheila was the Political Director and since then they have collaborated on many different campaigns and issues. Sheila has been part of the McKenna Media team since 2017, particularly helping with big wins in the Midwest including Rep. Haley Stevens.

Experiences range from running electoral campaigns to running organizations dedicated to bringing political and media attention to an issue. Recent highlights include managing the first statewide campaign for Senator Chris Van Hollen, serving as a strategist for Senator Mazie Hirono, running independent expenditure campaigns for Congressional and statewide campaigns, strategizing to get Marriage Equality passed in Maryland, working with a wide variety of advocacy groups while at Common Purpose Project, and serving as a state director for the election of President Barack Obama.

Sheila grew up in Iowa, studied in Connecticut and Taiwan, and is the proud mother of three terrific boys