Susan O'Brien

Mayor's Office
Title: Communications Officer
Phone: 410-263-7997
Susan O'Brien

For more than 25 years, Susan has used her extensive communication skills to achieve media relations, public affairs, policy, legislative, and fundraising goals for government agencies, non-profit organizations, coalitions, and companies. She has excellent and proven relationships with Maryland and Washington, D.C. media outlets, as well as members of the Maryland General Assembly, local and county elected officials, and Maryland’s Congressional Delegation. She has demonstrated her ability to successfully manage and organize media, fundraising and public education campaigns. She is well known and respected by the State House Press Corps, statewide reporters, and assignment editors for her tenacious ability to pitch stories and provide information and access to key people in a timely manner. Her legislative media relations work has been cited as critical to passing significant pieces of legislation in Annapolis, including the Maryland Stem Cell Research Act, the Maryland Clean Indoor Air Act, and the Chesapeake Bay Restoration Fund. 

Currently Susan serves as communications officer for the City of Annapolis and Mayor Gavin Buckley. Formerly, she was the campaign fundraiser for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, the state’s largest vote getter in the last statewide election.

As a public relations consultant, her previous clients included the Maryland Tourism Coalition, The Maryland Athletic Trainers Association, The Arc Maryland, Best Buddies Maryland, Upstream Alliance, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, American Cancer Society, and numerous other organizations.

A former assistant press secretary for Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, Susan also has served as a media spokesperson for several state agencies including the State Highway Administration, Maryland Department of Transportation and Maryland Department of Natural Resources/Natural Resources Police. She managed Maryland media relations for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for several years. She previously served as assistant vice president for State Government Relations for University of Maryland University College and as vice president of Public Affairs for the state’s largest long-term care provider association, the Health Facilities Association of Maryland. 

Susan also was a media relations trainer with Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations and has trained MANO's Advocacy Leaders Program participants in how to use the media and grassroots outreach to achieve legislative success. 

She is a graduate of Baltimore County Public Schools and Towson University and lives in Millersville, Maryland.


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