Mike Connolly is a project manager, attorney, and progressive activist who has organized an independent campaign to serve the people of Cambridge and Somerville in the Massachusetts State Legislature. He lives on Harding Street in Cambridge with his fiancée, Kacy, and their two cats, Bear and Oona.
Mike currently works as a project manager for the legal, regulatory, and compliance division of Autonomy Corporation, an HP company. Meanwhile, Kacy works as a writer, editor, and social media expert for TERC, a Cambridge-based educational research non-profit organization.
Combined, Mike and Kacy are thirteen feet tall! The couple bumped into each other in early-2009 while listening to folk music at Toad on Mass. Ave in Cambridge. Mike proposed to Kacy on the Cambridge-side of the Charles River on a warm Saturday afternoon in early-December of last year, and they plan to get married in the spring of 2013.
Mike was born at Saint Margaret's Hospital in Dorchester on June 3, 1980. At age five, his parents got divorced, and he and his mother moved to a low-income public housing project in Norwood, Mass. Throughout his childhood, Mike had few advantages, but he was always fascinated with government and politics, and he was always very big. Then at age 16, he was offered a full athletic scholarship to Duke University.
At Duke, Mike earned his undergraduate degree in computer science while minoring in political science and lettering on the varsity football team. He was named to the Dean’s List and the Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll.
After college, Mike worked as a project manger for an electrical supply company; he attended Boston College Law School, and he went on to pass the Massachusetts Bar Exam.
During his first year at BC Law, Mike was successful in the school's annual writing competition, earning a position as a staff writer on the Journal of Law and Social Justice (formerly known as The Third World Law Journal), a progressive law review dedicated to issues affecting underrepresented populations, human and civil rights, immigration, women's and children's issues, and issues of economic inequality. During his second year of law school, Mike was elected Managing Editor of the Journal of Law and Social Justice.
Also while at BC Law, Mike volunteered with the Appellate Division of the Committee for Public Council Services. In this role, he worked to defend the rights of people who could not otherwise afford an attorney. In addition, he wrote about human rights for the law school magazine, served as an Editor for the Intellectual Property and Technology Forum, and spent summers working for the law firm of Goulston & Storrs, P.C. in Boston and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School in Cambridge.