As Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Darragh McConnell leads efforts to advance partnerships with civil society, philanthropists and private sector. She provides oversight on strategic opportunities and key initiatives to promote philanthropic commitment, engaging partners and stakeholders in furthering 100RC and The Rockefeller Foundation’s vision to create sustainable change at scale.
From 2010 to 2018, Ms. McConnell worked in senior capacities at UNICEF’s National Committees, first as director of philanthropic partnerships and most recently as managing director of foundation partnerships. In these roles she was responsible for resource mobilization and program delivery of grant-funded initiatives- largely in the areas of data, policy and polio eradication- and, oversight of development and implementation strategies to partner with institutional foundations, major donors and government. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. McConnell was Deputy Director of Development of the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, supporting senior leadership to launch the university’s first funding campaign, implementing a comprehensive strategy to grow endowment, capital and scholarship revenue. She institutionalized multi-year engagements with private and public sectors, establishing the Centre for the Conservation and Study of Drawing at Somerset House. She has advised on securing DFID funds, connecting philanthropic support to government grants in the areas of education, health, and child protection.
Earlier in her career, Darragh held positions at the Museum of Modern Art, Museum of Arts & Design and the Guggenheim Museum. Darragh earned a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art from University College Dublin in Ireland, and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.