Education Marketing and Advancement

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Bree O'Brien

Research Associate

Based in the Seattle area, Bree joined Connor Associates in 2019. She brings a background in program management, marketing, data analysis, and communications. Bree’s experience includes serving higher education organizations (NAEP, NACUBO and regional affiliates, Blackboard) and their vendors in an event management and marketing role, ensuring that both clients and vendors maximized value in large-scale events. Annually, Bree oversaw the onsite operations at 4-6 events and participated in coordinating at least ten events.

In a past consulting role at CBRE, Bree managed all facets of a pilot sustainability program focused on organizational behavior within Microsoft. After producing a report evaluating and quantifying program impact, Bree’s business case analysis earned the program approval and endorsement for a campus-wide launch. Her involvement in the Sustainability Champion Program launch included budgeting, logistical planning, communications, reporting, and stakeholder management. In addition she managed the ENERGY STAR database for Microsoft's Puget Sound buildings and served as the Resource Conservation Manager for Microsoft, supporting the client's participation in Puget Sound Energy's RCM Program.

Utilizing her research and analysis expertise, Bree helped develop a greenhouse gas reduction plan for a major city government during a short-term consulting project. Serving on the alumni advisory board of the University of Washington’s Program on the Environment and as a representative on the finance board of her daughter’s school round out her experience.

Bree holds a Master of Business Administration and a Certificate in Environmental Management from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Washington State University.

In her spare time Bree writes fiction, volunteers at her children’s schools, reads, and travels.