Updated: Dec 31, 2020
Kelly O’Brien is a unique candidate for Orland Park Trustee with substantial experience in both the public and private sectors. She has worked on economic development on the local, federal, and regional levels. She has gained the reputation as a successful collaborator, working with key decision makers in government, academia, and the private sector.
“I have decades of direct experience in economic development working locally, federally and now on the regional level. I decided to enter this race because I hope to tap my resources to do positive things for Orland Park. I have spent my entire life shopping in Orland and I think we can do better. We all agree, we need to support our current retail base and bring other forms of development to the Village.”
Kelly lives in the Preserves of Marley Creek and was born and raised in the southwest suburbs, growing up in Palos Hills. She is a Mother McAuley High School graduate before embarking on her lifelong journey of public service.
O’Brien studied Political Communications at The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C., where she was invited to join the staff of the Office of Communications for the First Lady, Barbara Bush. She received a political appointment in the George H.W. Bush Administration upon her college graduation.
Kelly returned home to attend law school after working several years and was elected to the Palos Hills City Council where she chaired the Economic Development Committee. She earned her law degree from Loyola University School of Law in 2001.
Following the historic 2000 Presidential election, O’Brien was called to serve again in the nation’s capital when she joined the United States Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration. While there, she worked closely with the world’s leading think tank on economic development, the OECD. She helped to spearhead the publication that provides a roadmap for growing the regional economy. For more information, please visit https://alliancerd.org/reports/
O’Brien’s charitable and professional endeavors have been recognized by many organizations. She has vast leadership experiences and has earned several awards including:
- International Vincentian Public Service Award
- Appointment to the St. Laurence High School Board
- Inductee, Moraine Valley Community College Hall of Fame
O’Brien is running on the Orland Integrity Party slate with Carole Griffin Ruzich and Devin Hodge, numbers
4, 5 and 6 on the ballot.
Early voting continues at the Orland Township Hall, 14807 Ravinia Drive through April 1st. Election Day is Tuesday, April 2nd.