Sally O’Brien MA, MVO
Sally has more than 25 years of working with philanthropists to help them refine their vision and achieve high impact results.
Sally was most recently senior vice president, institutional partnerships at the Pew Charitable Trusts where she worked with institutional donors and individual philanthropists to create and managed multi-million-dollar partnerships for a wide range of initiatives, including antibiotic resistance, large scale marine and land conservation, criminal justice reform, peace building and global polling
Prior to her leadership role at Pew, Sally was associate dean for external affairs at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and prior to that she led development efforts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Educated at St. Andrews University (MA magna cum laude) and Emory University where she was a Robert T. Jones Scholar, she began her career in the British Diplomatic Service serving in London, Brussels (UKREP) and finally in Washington DC. There she covered southeast Asian relations with the US government and served as Royal Visits officer, liaising closely with Royal households to plan and oversee visits to the United States by members of the Royal family including TRH The Prince and Princess of Wales and HM The Queen.
Sally has served on a variety of nonprofit boards including the Maryland Film Festival, Advocates for Children and Youth, and Global Viral (a public health pandemic preparedness organization) and is currently an advisor to the Klosters Forum (Switzerland) and a governor of Christ’s Hospital School in the UK.
She holds dual UK/US citizenship and speaks French. She was appointed a member of the Royal Victorian Order by HM The Queen in 1989.
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