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We are the ultimate storytellers. An independent agency with offices in Arlington, VA, we offer public relations, marketing communications and events services, blending digital strategies with traditional approaches. We help clients find and unleash their inner brand beasts, creating messaging that resonates and differentiates, crafting content that elevates and defines, and building integrated campaigns that break through the noise and connect our customers with theirs. Our clients include some of the most successful companies and organizations in the technology, government, healthcare and higher education markets.

Interested? Check out our portfolio page for samples of our work. If you want to talk about how ConnellyWorks can help you, reach out to us

Brand Onboard

Graffiti represents one of the earliest forms of expression and personal “brand,” so the exposed cement columns in our urban office became the canvases for a local street artist, bringing the flavor of our website into our daily environment.

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Leadership Team

Joanne Connelly

Joanne Connelly

President & CEO

The President, CEO and spiritual leader of the team, Joanne is a former journalist and marketing executive who founded ConnellyWorks with the belief that agencies should bring more to the table than a few good ideas and a poorly written press release. More than 11 years later, she’s built ConnellyWorks into a leading marketing communications firm known for its outstanding PR, innovative marketing and effective events. Prior to ConnellyWorks, Joanne spent most of her career as a Washington, DC-based reporter and editor for a range of publications. She also held senior-level positions in industry, helping technology companies tell their stories in the government space. 

AJ Guenther

AJ Guenther

Director of Public Relations

A.J. has been helping clients tell their stories to the media for more than 15 years. As the Director of Public Relations, A.J. brings his strong track record of driving tangible results to ensure the ConnellyWorks PR team always remains at the top of its game. A.J. also is actively involved in the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA), and has served on the DC Chapter Board. Prior to joining the ConnellyWorks team (as the first official full-time employee), A.J. worked with another communications agency as well as 1105 Media Group.

Carmel McDonagh

Carmel McDonagh

General Manager

At the core of Carmel’s career is a passion for communications, marketing and advertising.  From her early career days at Ziff Davis Media through her time at the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, Carmel has helped create and execute content marketing and communications campaigns (events, digital, media,) for the best and brightest companies in the public sector IT and B2B marketplace.  She is well known for her hands-on, data-driven approach to marketing operations and brings an innovative mindset to the team and her clients.  A winner of the FOLIO mentor award, Carmel is recognized as a marketing leader and has spoken at many industry events including SISO, Folio and GAIN.

John Monroe

John Monroe

Director, Brand and Content Strategy

John has been a close observer of the public sector market for nearly 25 years. As a reporter and editor, he tracked how government agencies acquired, deployed and managed IT—and how IT has reshaped how they managed operations and delivered services. He has served as editor of leading magazines and websites covering the federal government, state and local government, the defense IT community and public sector health IT. More recently, John was the Custom Editorial Director for the 1105 Public Sector Media Group, where he worked with clients to develop custom content strategies to help position them as thought-leaders in the government IT community. Today, John plays a key part in developing multi-channel marketing and content strategy for ConnellyWorks clients.


Brian Domenici

Brian Domenici

Creative Director

Brian is an established design and marketing professional with more than 10 years of creative experience in the Federal Consulting market. Currently, as the Creative Director at ConnellyWorks, he provides a wide range of marketing and design support to the PR and Event lines of business.  Brian also handles the creative strategy, brand development, and design needs that enables various CWI to communicate clearly and effectively.  Prior to joining the CWI team, Brian spent 9 years as the Lead Designer for two different federal consulting companies, where he was responsible for all aspects of the internal and external development and management of the brand.


Want to join our team? ConnellyWorks is a fast-paced, collaborative team environment focused on getting our clients superior results and helping our employees grow in their careers. We're always looking for the next superstar to join our team.

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1700 Diagonal Road
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Alexandria, VA 22314

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