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Celebrate Giving with Us on October 10th

Join the Greater Lowell Community Foundation as we celebrate the impact of philanthropy on our community at Celebrate Giving. Learn more about upcoming initiatives and hear poignant stories about the impact of charitable giving from donors, nonprofits, and scholarship recipients.


GUEST SPEAKER: Eileen Donoghue
City Manager, City of Lowell

Eileen Donoghue was sworn in as Lowell’s first female City Manager in April of 2018. Lowell is the fourth largest City in the Commonwealth with an annual budget of over $400 million dollars.

Prior to being named the City Manager, she was a Massachusetts State Senator, representing the 1st Middlesex District including the City of Lowell as well as the towns of Dunstable, Groton, Pepperell, Tyngsboro, and Westford.

Upon graduating from the University of Massachusetts in 1976, with individualized concentrations in Law and Spanish, Donoghue pursued her passion for Law. She received her Juris Doctor at Suffolk University Law School in 1979. After twelve years of practicing law, Donoghue opened her own firm in the City of Lowell in 1991 before joining Gallagher & Cavanaugh from 2008-2018.

Donoghue was first elected to the Lowell City Council in 1996 and two years later was elected Mayor for her first of two terms at that post. During her tenure as Mayor, she was proud to champion some of the most historic and important economic development projects for the city, including the Tsongas Arena, Edward LeLacheur Park, the construction and renovation of 17 schools, and the artist overlay district which resulted in more than 800 new artists’ lofts now occupying formerly abandoned mills.

Donoghue was elected to the Massachusetts State Senate in November of 2010. Throughout her tenure in the Senate, then-Senator Donoghue chaired many important committees including Steering and Policy, Economic Development, Community Development and Small Business, Arts, Tourism and Cultural Development. Senator Donoghue also chaired many commissions and subcommittees including the Daily Fantasy Sports Commission, the Time Zone Commission, Student Loan and Debt subcommittee and the Boston 2024 Olympics feasibility study.

As a member of the Massachusetts Senate, Donoghue was successful in advocating and obtaining funding for many important projects including the Lowell Justice Center, Hamilton Canal Innovation District, Lord Overpass Project, Lowell High School MSBA project and many more. She has always been a strong advocate for public higher education, reducing student loan debt, supporting small businesses and creating economic development opportunities.

She resides in Lowell with her husband John O’Connor.

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