Monica McNally for Darien’s First Selectman


Meet Monica:

Monica McNally loves Darien. She wants our town to thrive and continue to be an attractive, desirable place to raise a family and to enjoy retirement. McNally believes Darien will continue to be a welcoming place for newcomers, and a home for all, by protecting our natural resources and practicing fiscal responsibility to enable funding the level of education and services our residents have come to expect. 

About Monica:

Monica hails from the Midwest. Born in Chicago and raised in a small town in Wisconsin, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Journalism and Advertising. 


Post graduation, Monica spent nine years working in the financial services sector. Her work, as a financial consultant for Smith Barney focused on helping clients to define goals, establish budgets, personalize risk management, plan for taxes, tuition, home purchases, and retirement, and manage portfolios.  She continues to research and track financial markets and economic trends, and uses that knowledge to execute intelligent investments.


Monica  and her husband, Mark Filanowski, have been involved residents of the Town of Darien for the last 27 years. Their two children, Helen (25) and Stephen (23) have launched, their dog (Topper) and cat (Scout) are still at home. 


What Monica brings to the job:

Eight years as an elected member of the Representative Town Meeting has exposed Monica to a variety of issues that affect the town and so many people who are concerned about those issues. Working at the leadership level meant finding ways to work collaboratively to determine the goal - and then lay the groundwork to accomplish it. 


While chairing the RTM Public Works Committee for three years, Monica was proud to help this committee take the lead in researching a ban on eliminating the use of single-use plastic bags. This controversial issue required the committee to work as a team on thoroughly researching the issue’s impact on residents and businesses and craft an ordinance that responded to the needs of all. This inclusive and flexible approach led to an overwhelmingly supportive vote by the full RTM. 


Before becoming passionately involved with town government, Monica enjoyed volunteering for a variety of organizations: 


  • OPUS (Founding Member)

  • YWCA Women’s Club (President)

  • Tokeneke Association Women’s Club (President)

  • Pear Tree Point School (Secretary)

  • Greens Farms Academy (Fundraising Chair)

  • Good Dog Foundation (Therapy Leader with Topper)

  • Pegasus (Animal Therapy)

  • Boys and Girls Club/Stamford

  • Cub Scouts (Leader)


  • Monica and Mark have tended an organic garden at their home for over 20 years.

  • Monica enjoys canning the extra produce from the garden - especially tomatoes - as well as crafting jelly and jam.

  • All year long, Monica enjoys cooking.

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