Patrick O’Brien is a highly motivated and results-driven professional with a strong background in government affairs and communications. Currently serving as the Director of Government Affairs and Communications at Holtec International, he brings extensive experience in crisis communications, government relations, and serving as a spokesperson.
With a proven ability to problem-solve and bring groups together for the common good, Patrick has established himself as a trusted leader in his field. He excels in working independently and delivering tangible results. His specialties include media relations, employee communications, community relations, lobbying for key legislation, government liaison, problem-solving, intergovernmental relations, charitable contributions, constituent service, and political campaign strategy.
Patrick’s career has included notable positions in various organizations, where he has made significant contributions. Prior to his current role at Holtec International, he served as the Senior Manager of Government Affairs and Communications at Holtec Decommissioning International and Comprehensive Decommissioning International (CDI). During his tenure, he successfully handled government affairs and media relations for decommissioning plants and projects in Massachusetts, New York, and Michigan.
Before joining Holtec, Patrick held key positions at Entergy, where he served as a Senior Communications Specialist. He also demonstrated his leadership abilities as the Chairman of the Plymouth Republican Town Committee, where he played an instrumental role in shaping the party’s direction and strategy.
Patrick’s commitment to public service extends beyond his professional career. He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Plymouth Area Chamber of Commerce and the South Shore Community Action Council, Inc., a non-profit organization focused on combating poverty and providing critical services to low-income individuals and families. Additionally, he represented Plymouth as a member of the Greater Attleboro Taunton Regional Authority, which provides transportation services to Southeastern Massachusetts.
Patrick holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
As a new board member at the Southwest Public Policy Institute, Patrick’s wealth of experience, strategic acumen, and passion for public service make him an invaluable asset. He brings a unique perspective and expertise that will contribute to the institute’s mission of promoting effective public policy and addressing key societal challenges.