Michael O’Brien is the vice president of public affairs and advocacy at the National Association of Manufacturers. In this role, he works as part of the NAM’s broader communications division to advance winning public affairs campaigns that drive policy priorities for the broader manufacturing industry.
As head of the Advocacy Department, Mike is responsible for leading the NAM’s issue-advocacy campaigns, member company and partner-organization mobilization initiatives, in-district advocacy activities, the association’s political programming, and the NAM’s grassroots program, Manufacturers United.
Prior to joining the NAM in April 2018, Mike served as director of public affairs for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). He started his career as a political reporter for The Hill newspaper and NBC News in the network’s Washington bureau.
Mike received his undergraduate degree from the the University of Michigan and his MBA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and daughter.