A co-founder and principal of Velocity Public Affairs, Patrick has more than 20 years of experience in marketing and mobilization, public policy, and media strategies. Connolly’s successful grassroots and community relations experience includes work on behalf of the Mayo Clinic, U.S. Senator Norm Coleman, the Rochester Coalition, Minneapolis and Saint Paul Chambers of Commerce, and Minnesotans United. He has also led and supported coalition efforts on behalf of the Hennepin County Sheriff Foundation, the Republican Party of Minnesota, and Alliance for a Healthier Minnesota.
Patrick develops and coordinates targeted and results-oriented campaigns and outreach events as well as multi-city tours and meetings for his clients. With trademark zeal, he has garnered coverage for his clients in print, broadcast, radio, and digital media. Patrick earned his political stripes in the 2002 Coleman for U.S. Senate campaign as a lead member of the grassroots field team. After Coleman’s historic victory, Patrick transitioned his mobilization skills to the U.S. Senate office as a policy liaison for Senator Coleman. Prior to entering the public affairs arena, he developed his business skills as a regional manager for the food service division of the Schwan’s Food Company.
Patrick holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing with a minor in public administration from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in organizational management from Concordia University in St. Paul.
Patrick has owned and operated independent public affairs consultancies since 2006, first Connolly & Associates followed by Connolly Kuhl Group and now Velocity Public Affairs.