Timothy Connelly

Timothy ConnellyTim has had an extraordinary business career in finance, banking and investments. He has spent the majority of his working career at Brown Brothers Harriman (BBH), a privately-owned bank. Tim was named General Partner in 2001 and stepped back from his full-time responsibilities in 2015, remaining a Limited Partner. During his 30year career at BBH, Tim held several positions including leading the firm’s Investor Services Business in the Americas and BBH’s global operating and service delivery infrastructure.

In reflecting on his years at Needham High, Tim says, “I was fortunate to be raised in Needham and to have attended NHS. Both the place, and the institution, provided me with athletic opportunities that developed my competitive and leadership skills, reliable academic skills and a sense of community that encouraged me to do the right thing while giving back to others.” At NHS, Tim captained both the Varsity football and baseball teams. He was a member of NHS’s Bay State Champion Hockey Team which competed in the State Finals at the Boston Garden, and he was presented NHS’s Student Athlete Award at graduation.

Following NHS, Tim earned his BA in History from Williams College. Upon graduation from Williams, he became one of the few Americans, at that time, to play professional hockey in Europe for EC Oberstdorf (West Germany). After his hockey career, Tim received his MBA from Northeastern University and his Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Tim is most proud of his work enhancing the educational experiences and advocating for children and young adults with special needs. Tim sits on the Board of Trustees at St. Sebastian’s School, The Carroll School (for children with language-based learning disabilities) and The Cotting School (serving students with special needs). Additionally, Tim has also given back in the public service arena – having been asked by Governor Charlie Baker to spearhead the Commonwealth’s economic development effort focused on technology and innovation.

Tim also serves as an Executive-in-Residence at NU’s D’Amore-McKim Business School, as well as a board member of the United Way of Mass Bay and Merrimack Valley, and New England Disabled Sports (NEDS). Tim also coaches NEDS students with disabilities as a volunteer ski instructor at Loon Mountain.

A lesson from his parents, who were both educators, that Tim would like to share, is the value of a high-quality education. “The courses offered, and the quality of instruction that I received at NHS was outstanding. At NHS, I pushed myself academically to take a diverse set of challenging courses while seeking out personal relationships with teachers and coaches such as George Dennett, and many others… all of whom gave me the confidence to excel.”

Tim lives in Wellesley with his wife Amie, and has three children: Ryan (25), Nicholas (20) and Matthew (18).