Meg O’Conor Bannecker


Meg O’Conor is a partner at Bannecker Public Affairs. She brings more than twenty-five years of experience in journalism, corporate communications, and early-stage fundraising to her work.

Being a journalist at heart, Meg is a skilled storyteller and strategist who helps business leaders craft communication plans that resonate. She also applies her deep knowledge of the region and strong relationships to help companies develop effective community initiatives and public-private partnerships. 

Meg has developed pitch decks and communication plans for startups and established multinational companies, supporting fundraising and complex global business projects and deals. Many of the clients in her portfolio conduct business in regulated industries, including life sciences and healthcare.

Since 2018, Meg has served as an advisor to Life Science Washington, the statewide trade association. Working alongside the CEO, Meg has led the organization’s workforce development initiative focused on addressing the severe talent shortage faced by the industry.  

Earlier, Meg held several high-profile roles with Kineta, Inc., a biotechnology company in Seattle. Meg was a key member of the fundraising team credited with closing many of the young company’s largest and most influential investors. She also served as a communication and public affairs director. Navigating regulatory compliance, Meg led robust public relations campaigns garnering the early-stage biotech earned national media attention. Her work also included targeted government affairs campaigns to educate members of Congress on the dearth of funding sources for early-stage novel drug development and on the importance of prioritizing funding for infectious diseases.

Previously, Meg worked as a broadcast news reporter and anchor in the Seattle-Tacoma market. Meg holds a bachelor’s degree from Smith College.