Austin, TX (July 10, 2023) — The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Patrick O’Brien to its esteemed Board of Directors. With his extensive background in government affairs and communications, O’Brien brings valuable expertise and insights to the Institute, further enhancing its mission of fostering meaningful dialogue and research on critical issues affecting households not only in the American Southwest but across the nation.
As the Director of Government Affairs and Communications at Holtec International, O’Brien has demonstrated exceptional leadership in crisis communications, government relations, and acting as a spokesperson. His experience in the energy sector aligns perfectly with SPPI’s commitment to addressing key energy-related challenges faced by the region.
In his new role, O’Brien will contribute his expertise and knowledge to advance SPPI’s research initiatives, engage in policy discussions, and provide strategic guidance to support the Institute’s mission of promoting effective public policy solutions.
Reflecting on his appointment, O’Brien expressed his honor and enthusiasm, stating, “I am honored to be joining the Southwest Public Policy Institute’s Board of Directors. The work and research the Institute conducts allows for important open discussions on issues that impact households not just in the American Southwest but nationwide, and I hope my background and experience can contribute to these discussions.”
Patrick Brenner, president of SPPI, also expressed his excitement about O’Brien joining the Board, emphasizing the value of his experience. Brenner stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Patrick O’Brien to our Board of Directors. His extensive background in government affairs and communications, particularly in the energy sector, will greatly enhance our ability to address the pressing challenges facing the American Southwest. We look forward to his valuable contributions and strategic insights as we continue to promote effective public policies in the region.”
With Patrick O’Brien joining the Board of Directors, SPPI is poised to further strengthen its role as a leading public policy think tank focused on finding innovative solutions in the American Southwest.
About Southwest Public Policy Institute
The Southwest Public Policy Institute (SPPI) is a prominent think tank dedicated to formulating, promoting, and defending sound public policy solutions in the American Southwest. SPPI’s objective is to enhance the quality of life for residents in the region by addressing pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges through research, analysis, and policy advocacy. SPPI’s mission is simple: to deliver better living through better policy.