Angela Connolly '72
Angela Connolly is a graduate of St. Joseph Academy and Kansas University. She returned to Iowa to marry her husband Tom and together they have three children and four grandchildren.
She began her career in the Polk County Public Works Department as a Zoning Enforcement Officer and was a dedicated employee for nearly 20 years. She was first elected as a Polk County Supervisor in 1998. She is one of three females to be elected to the Polk County Board of Supervisors in more than 150 years.
Community engagement is a priority and she enjoys participating in neighborhood organizations and civic activities. She currently serves as Tri-Chair for Capital Crossroads: A Vision for Greater Des Moines and Central Iowa and is Chair of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund. She also represents the Board of Supervisors on the boards of the following organizations: Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority, Des Moines Arts Festival, Catch Des Moines, Mainframe Studios, Polk County Health Services, and the Homeless Coordinating Council.
Connolly has been recognized with the Hero for Homeless award from Central Iowa Shelter & Services, the Distinguished Public Servant Award from Primary Health Care, and twice with the national award for Outstanding Elected Official Leadership from the Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. She was also named three times to the Business Record’s Top 25 Most Influential Business Leaders and was inducted into the Iowa Women’s Hall of Fame.
Connolly’s leadership has resulted in many significant improvements for Polk County residents and strengthened the communities and economy of Central Iowa.