Connelly presently serves as president of the National Fisheries Institute, America’s leading trade association advocating for the fish and seafood community “from water to table.” NFI is a nonprofit organization dedicated to education about seafood safety, sustainability, and nutrition, and its members are committed to sustainable management of our oceans and being stewards of our environment by endorsing the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Fisheries. Connelly also serves on the Marine Stewardship Council and as an advisor to the US Secretary of Commerce on the Marine Fish Advisory Council.
Before becoming the president of the National Fisheries Institute in 2003, John Connelly served as chairman of International Coalition of Fisheries Associations and helped found the International Coalition of Aquaculture Associations. He has also held business leadership and advocacy positions at the American Chemistry Council.
Connelly served as a United States naval officer aboard ship, and continues to serve as a captain in the United States Navy Reserve, with specializations in political-military affairs.
Connelly graduated from the College of the Holy Cross with a degree in history, and earned an MBA from George Mason University.