Brian O’Connor serves as the Chief People Officer & Chief of Staff for AdvaMed. In these roles, he ensures the association has the talent, vision, and resources to deliver on the association’s mission. O’Connor joined AdvaMed in 2016 as Vice President of Alliance Development, State, & External Affairs, where he led alliance development and state government affairs, coordinating partnerships with advocacy organizations and developing engagement strategies in state capitols across the country.

Previously, Brian was Managing Director, Public Affairs, at the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO), where he directed grassroots aspects of state and federal advocacy activity. He also developed and led strategic coalitions with member companies, associations, and other third-party stakeholders to advance consensus-based advocacy goals and educational efforts regarding legislative and other activities. He also served as BIO’s director of alliance development and manager of state government relations.

Brian graduated from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he earned a degree in political science. He lives in the Petworth neighborhood in Washington, DC, with his wife, Mallori, and their daughter.