Maureen E. O'Brien has been President and CEO of the New York State Industries for the Disabled (NYSID) since 2018.
The organization works with approximately 135 agencies around the state to assist with securing state contracts for goods and services in which individuals with disabilities are employed.
Since 1975 NYSID's highest priorities are meeting procurement needs and creating meaningful employment for individuals with disabilities.
O'Brien says that NYSID creates about 6,000 jobs annually and during the COVID-19 pandemic, about half of them became janitorial and sanitation services for public transportation and vaccine sites became critical jobs for those with disabilities.
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Maureen O’Brien was appointed President and CEO of New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. (NYSID) in August 2018 and is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities.
Prior to her tenure at NYSID, O’Brien served as Director of Government Affairs for Motorola Solutions Inc. and as the Director of State Operations and Spokesperson to 20th Congressional District Representative and Homeland Security Appropriator John E. Sweeney.
O’Brien is deeply involved in the NF Endurance Team, the fundraising arm of the Children’s Tumor Foundation and is a Member of the Maria College Board of Trustees. In addition, she served for 12 years as an executive board member at Double H Ranch – a residential camp in Lake Luzerne, NY founded by Paul Newman and Charles Wood with a mission to serve children living with life threatening illnesses.
She is a resident and native of Albany, NY having earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her master’s degree from New York University. She and her husband Paul have four boys.
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