Michael O'Brien, Founder & Principal of MOB Advocacy - your state & local government relations solution
Michael O'Brien's Bio:
Michael O'Brien is the founder & principal of MOB Advocacy, a national government relations firm focused solely on state and local government relations solutions for businesses, non-profit organizations and coalitions.
Michael O'Brien's Experience:
Manager, State Relations at RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment)October 2010 - September 2011 | Washington, D.C.
Michael led the national state and local lobbying efforts for a major trade association representing the green industry. Successes included major legislative victories in Alabama, California, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Virginia and Washington State.
Communications Specialist at US Agency for International DevelopmentDecember 2008 - August 2010 | Tbilisi, Georgia (the OTHER Georgia)
Michael designed and executed USAID-Georgia's communication strategy. This included all English language communication from the Mission, communication with the Administration, Congress and foreign governments involving the U.S. Government's $1 Billion pledge to Georgia following the 2008 Russian conflict.
Director, Grassroots & Political Action at Molina HealthcareSeptember 2007 - August 2008 | Washington, D.C.
Michael designed and launched Molina Healthcare's grassroots advocacy program, including an launching e-advocacy website, managing Molina's federal grassroots advocacy days in advocacy days in seven states, and launching a federal political action committee (Molina PAC) and two state PACs (Michigan and Ohio).
Director, State Relations at The Washington CenterApril 2005 - September 2007 | Washington, D.C.
Michael led the state government relations advocacy and appropriations efforts for The Washington Center, an organization supporting higher education experiential learning and civic engagement. Michael worked with state and local governments to secure state and private sector funding for student scholarships and designed public-private partnerships to better help states send students to life-changing program.
Public Policy Coordinator at The National Conference for Community and JusticeNovember 2002 - May 2005 | Washington, D.C.
Michael launched formal federal, state and local direct and grassroots advocacy program, NCCJ CARES. Key accomplishments included launching an e-advocacy platform and positioning the organization as a leader on social justice issues, such as disparities in healthcare, hate crimes, employment discrimination and racial and ethnic profiling.
Assistant Director, Law Alumni Relations at Georgetown University Law CenterDecember 1999 - November 2002 | Washington, D.C.
Michael directed alumni activities designed to increase affinity to and support of Georgetown University Law Center. Michael's major accomplishments were launching the Recent Alumni Advisory Council, increased attendance and giving for alumni reunion weekends and leading a record-setting graduating student gift drive.
President & CEO at Cool Beans Coffee-to-GoMay 1998 - December 1999 | Rochester, NY
Michael started a successful drive-thru coffee shop, where he managed all areas of operations - accounting, marketing, expansion etc.
Principal at MOB AdvocacySeptember 2011 - Present | Fairfax, Virginia
Michael is the Founder & Principal of MOB Advocacy a national government relations firm focused solely on state and local government relations solutions for businesses, non-profit organizations and coalitions. We specialize in helping start-ups and growing small business navigate through complex state and local legislative, regulatory and procurement issues.
Michael O'Brien's Education:
State University of New York College at Brockport1988 – 1992Bachelors of ScienceConcentration: Political ScienceActivities: Alpha Chi Rho
Michael O'Brien's Interests & Activities:
Startups, politics, advocacy, triathlons and learning to sail