MEG O’CONOR

Director, Communications

Meg O’Conor Bannecker serves as Director of Communications for Pier 70 Ventures.  She is a principal partner at Bannecker Public Affairs, where she creates and executes strategic communication plans and stakeholder partnerships for clients.

Meg has deep experience advising companies and organizations across an array of industry sectors. She handles a myriad of communication projects, working with start-ups and multi-national companies, advising scientists, C-suite executives, and entrepreneurs, helping them explain complex business issues, scientific concepts, and investment strategies. Meg has extensive experience executing successful public relations campaigns for both consumer and regulated products, garnering clients earned national news media exposure and social media engagement from top-tier journalists and opinion leaders.

Meg is a lead advisor to Life Science Washington, assisting the statewide trade association advance a strategic initiative to address a workforce shortage in the biotechnology and medical device industries. The project has led to an array of new industry-endorsed higher education and middle-skill workforce training programs benefitting the biotechnology and medical device industries.

Earlier, Meg held several high-profile roles with Kineta, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Seattle. Meg was an integral member of the fundraising team. She was responsible for identifying and closing many of the start-up’s largest and most influential early investors. Also, she served as the communication and public affairs director, creating initiatives that garnered the early-stage biotech national media attention. Feature stories in National Geographic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and other top-flight news outlets helped bolster fundraising. Government relations work for Kineta included targeted campaigns to educate members of Congress on the need to increase funding for early-stage drug development, especially translational research focused on infectious diseases.

Meg began her professional life working in broadcast news, serving as a reporter, weathercaster, producer, and news anchor for stations in Virginia and Seattle. Meg holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.