John Connelly is a Program Officer with Local Initiative Support Corporation’s (LISC) National Safety program (formerly the Community Safety Initiative). Currently, John supports and coordinates national SafeGrowth® training for LISC. Prior to joining the national LISC team, John was part of the LISC Milwaukee office, where he focused on supporting dynamic community safety partnerships, including significant work on the recently concluded Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (BCJI) project in the Washington Park neighborhood. He is a certified SafeGrowth® practitioner having coordinated a number of SafeGrowth® programs in Milwaukee.
For much of his career, John led projects for the Community Prosecution Unit program, a collaborative effort between the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, Milwaukee Police Department and community stakeholders. These experiences have allowed John to work on improving quality of life and public safety issues in neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee. John has also worked in the Mayor’s and City Clerk’s offices at Milwaukee City Hall. He has been active in his community, and has worked on multiple city and county-level political campaigns. John attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he earned his degree in political science, as well as a minor in history and a certificate in urban planning.