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2023 40 Under Forty: Heather Flannery

Age: 39 Company: Interval House Title: Chief Operating Officer No. of years with current company: 5 Town where I live: Wethersfield Town where I work: Hartford College: College of the Holy Cross Highest degree: Bachelor’s degree in economics
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Heather Flannery is the chief operating officer at Interval House, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence in Hartford and 23 surrounding communities. She manages the oversight and logistics of program operations as well as coordinating grant compliance, reporting, data, strategic planning and community partnership efforts.

Flannery is delighted to be in a role where she can support, encourage and grow programming that elevates the professionalism and impact of nonprofit work.

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What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?

I am proud to have steered a 24/7 essential service program and safe house shelter through the pandemic without compromising the health and safety of clients or staff. It was both a challenge and a privilege to work alongside government partners, funders and community providers to meet tremendous demand.

How are you involved in the community?

I sit on leadership committees within the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Greater Hartford Coordinated Access Network as part of my work. I’m a former member of the Holy Cross Alumni Association Youth Board and am currently involved with the Wethersfield Moms Group.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love spending time with my husband Bryan and our toddler son, Jacob. Making them laugh and pose for pictures is my favorite pastime. A combination of reading, baking, knitting and online scrolling for recipes and vacation destinations fills the rest of my days.

Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?

• Serve as Interval House’s first COO, after collaborating on a strategic reorganization that reflects modern practices and professionalism.

• Advocated for personnel policies that promote competitive and equitable compensation, encourage employee retention and attract future talent.

• Committed to demonstrating that nonprofit work is a viable and inspiring career path via mentorship and collaboration.

• Prior to joining Interval House, spent over a decade providing case management to women and families experiencing homelessness in Hartford.

Fun Fact

After college, participated in a full year of service with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.

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