Andy O’Brien manages high profile multi-faceted issue advocacy campaigns for DCI Group’s clients in a variety of industries. Specializing in energy and environmental matters, Andy has extensive experience in state based grassroots outreach, coalition building, and governmental relations strategies involving a number of high profile issues. His recent work includes leading a multi-state grassroots campaign which resulted in the successful reversal of a final U.S. EPA environmental regulation as well as managing the grassroots engagement campaign in support of a successful private equity transaction involving a major energy company. Andy has also developed and managed several grassroots advocacy campaigns focused on legislative and regulatory issues in both the regulated and competitive energy markets on behalf of several of the firm’s clients.
Beyond the energy and environmental space, Andy has managed several multi-state tax and regulatory campaigns and recently led a team which successfully defeated a ballot initiative in Washington state.
Prior to joining DCI Group in 2006, Andy served as the Executive Director for the Zeta Psi Fraternity of North America, Inc, a 35,000 member non-profit organization based in the New York City area focused on higher education issues. He managed the day to day operations and donor development for the organization, including the 45 chapters in both the United States and Canada.
Additional leadership experience includes time spent at the Heritage Foundation working directly under Former Attorney General Edwin Meese as well as with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business when former Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) was Chairman. His first exposure to the legislative process was all the way back in high school where he served as a page in the Maryland General Assembly.
An Eagle Scout, Andy is a graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park where he received a bachelor’s degree in government and politics. While at the University of Maryland, Andy served as the undergraduate Member of the Board for his college fraternity, Zeta Psi, as well as president of the affiliated local chapter. Andy ran his second full marathon – the Marine Corps Marathon — in 2013 and holds the unofficial distinction of the fastest marathon time among partners at DCI Group. He also serves as an elected volunteer member of the Board of the Conduit Road Fire Board Inc. which operates the Glen Echo Fire Department in Bethesda, Maryland. He currently resides in Bethesda, Maryland, with his family.