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Executive Director

Margaret (Meg) O'Connell

(315) 685-5059

Margaret “Meg” O’Connell is Executive Director of the Allyn Family Foundation. She has served as Executive Director from 1994-1998, 2001-2012 and from 2013 to present. From 2012-2013 Meg served as Interim President of Onondaga Community College and from 1998-2000 Meg and her family lived in London, England.

With a long history of community leadership, Meg currently serves as Board Chair of the following:  Early Childhood Alliance, ABC Cayuga Play Space, E. John Gavras Foundation and Work Train. In addition, Meg recently served as Chair of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign.  Meg also currently serves on the Executive Committee of the HOPE Initiative and CenterState CEO. 

Meg has spearheaded the founding of a new nonprofit entity, the Syracuse Urban Partnership, that is constructing a building in downtown Syracuse. The Salt City Market will be a mixed-use building with a food hall and grocery store as well as offices and mixed-income apartments. 

In the past decade, Meg has also served on numerous nonprofit Boards including Blueprint 15, Onondaga Community College, Syracuse 20/20, FOCL, Skaneateles Library Association, Wells College Board of Trustees and Planned Parenthood of Rochester/Syracuse.  From 2014-2015 she served on the Board of Education for the Skaneateles Central School District.  

Prior to joining the Allyn Foundation in 1994, Meg worked in development, marketing and outreach for a number of nonprofit organizations, including Planned Parenthood of Syracuse and the Shelter for Help in Emergency, a battered women’s shelter in Charlottesville, Virginia.  She and her husband also taught at the American School in Switzerland.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Meg lives in Skaneateles with her husband, Eric Allyn. They have three wonderful daughters.