Denevan O'Connell - Senior Vice President
Denevan O’Connell is the Senior Vice President of Winxnet with direct management responsibility of our Massachusetts operations. Upon his graduation from Providence College, Denevan joined the staff of Governor Lincoln Almond of Rhode Island, where he held several progressively responsible positions, concluding with the senior staff position of Director of Legislative Affairs.
Upon leaving the Governor’s office, Denevan entered the private sector, where he worked as the New England Director of Government Affairs for a Fortune 10 company. In this capacity, he interacted with elected officials at all levels of government, preparing statements and advocating for a host of issues before the Public Utilities Commission in each of the New England states. During this time, Denevan developed strong working relationships with Governors, members of Congress, local legislators and community leaders in the region.
In 2007, Denevan founded a management consulting organization, Chalkstone Strategies, with the belief that clients are best served by consultants with deep expertise, laser-sharp focus, and a proven track record of consistently delivering results. Drawing on his experience in both the public and private sectors, Denevan represented clients in the areas of energy, finance, health care, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications at the federal, state and local levels.
Chalkstone focused its efforts on drafting legislation, direct lobbying, coalition building, supervising grassroots and grasstops campaigns, developing public and community relations and regulatory strategies. Chalkstone was especially successful at providing political, non-profit and association clients with the opportunity to tell their unique stories, advance their policy issues and fight for their ideas in the political, legislative and public opinion arenas.
In the past, Denevan was a member of the Board of Directors of both the New England Trade Adjustment Assistance Center and the Mal Brown Alumni Association at Providence College. He also served as Board Chair of the United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island and as a Commissioner of the Rhode Island Racing and Athletics Hearing Board.
A native of Connecticut, Denevan currently resides in North Andover, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.