Brendan Connell, Jr. '87

Biography: 

Brendan is the president of the Dartmouth Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Alumni/ae Association (DGALA) and a member of DGALA's board of directors. He previously served as vice president of DGALA, as its regional programming chair for New York City, and he played a leading role in the fundraising efforts for Triangle House, the College's living/learning center for the LGBTQIA+ community. Brendan was a member of the Dartmouth Alumni Council from 2012 to 2015, and served as chair of the Academic Affairs Committee in 2014-2015. He has served as an '87 class agent for the Dartmouth College Fund and as alumni interviewer for many years, and he is treasurer for the Class of 1987's 30th reunion in June 2017. Brendan received the Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs Leadership Award in 2016. He graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in history, was active on the '87 class council, served on the Collis Center Governing Board, and was proud to assist his family with the cost of his Dartmouth education with a number of work study jobs. Brendan is a graduate of New York University School of Law and has worked for many years as managing director and counsel for administration at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan, where his duties include overseeing operations at the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright building, which welcomes over 1,000,000 visitors each year. He is also a lecturer at Columbia Law School's Clinic on Law and the Arts. Brendan lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his partner Rich Yeung '93.