Our Leadership

Frank O’Brien, President

Frank O’Brien is the president and founder of O’Brien Garrett. He is widely acknowledged as one of the leading strategists in the progressive community and has pioneered a strength-on-strength style of consulting in which O’Brien Garrett’s top-notch talent collaborates with the strong internal teams of the firm’s clients.

Frank and the O’Brien Garrett team serve as trusted advisors to some of America’s leading non-profits including the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Doctors Without Borders, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Oxfam America, the NAACP, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Frank’s work with O’Brien Garrett’s clients focuses on message development, case for engagement, and the execution of the strongest possible creative work.  His advice to our clients and their management teams frequently extends far beyond direct response concerns into broader organizational positioning and presentation issues. When he’s not shaping messages for progressive groups, Frank keeps himself in shape as an avid runner and cyclist – not to mention his newly-acquired drawing skills.

 

Yvonne Garrett, CEO

Yvonne works with the leadership of O’Brien Garrett’s clients to ensure that their organizational positioning and strategy are reflected in their fundraising program. Yvonne is also one of the most experienced and respected researchers in the nonprofit community and leads O’Brien Garrett’s donor research division, conducting thousands of interviews with grassroots donors each year.

An expert in innovation and strategic program design, Yvonne began her career in fundraising working on Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign and later was Vice-President of the Share Group, where she helped organizations like Greenpeace expand face-to-face fundraising in the U.S. market, guided the Human Rights Campaign in launching its first email advocacy efforts and broke records for Democratic telemarketing. Today she helps O’Brien | Garrett clients like Planned Parenthood, NRDC and Doctors Without Borders/MSF continue to innovate and grow in an increasingly complex and competitive market.  Yvonne calls both DC and New Orleans home, and when not with donors or clients can be found at Jazz Fest or walking her Great Dane through Louis Armstrong Park.

 

Teresa Weaver, VP of Client Services

Teresa has been at O’Brien Garrett for 14 years. Her expertise in data and analytics has helped clients like Planned Parenthood and NRDC achieve incredible levels of success in direct marketing. Today she helps lead the client side of O’Brien Garrett’s analytics team, driving both regular and special problem solving analysis for our clients.

Prior to joining O’Brien Garrett, Teresa worked at both Production Solutions and Stephen Winchell Associates, where she learned the art of direct mail. When she’s not poring over numbers, Teresa enjoys spending time with her very smart and very active kids, both of whom need to pick just one hobby next year.

 

Eva Bowie, VP of Client Services

Eva joined O’Brien Garrett in 2013 and has quickly become an integral part of our client services leadership team, Her experience in commercial marketing, coupled with her nonprofit fundraising expertise working with organizations like Catholic Relief Services and Defenders of Wildlife, deliver incredible value to our clients.  In addition to working hand in hand with some of O’Brien Garrett’s most important clients at a senior level, she oversees staff development for the client services team. Eva enjoys singing and music of all kinds, and living in Annapolis.

 

Charvonne Hill, Director of HR & Administration

When Charvonne joined O’Brien Garrett in December 2006 she already had more than 14 years of diverse human resource and management experience. Her expertise in defining and implementing training, recruiting strategies, employee engagement, compliance, workers compensation, benefits and more keep O’Brien Garrett moving and our teams in both the DC and New Orleans office smiling.  Charvonne – or Chevy– likes to travel and work out, and hates wearing heels.

 

Emily Courville, VP of Analytics and Data

Emily has recently returned to O’Brien Garrett, bringing with her 15 years of data operations and analytics experience from software companies and non profit organizations.  Her creative approach combines design with modeling and analytics to help today’s fundraisers drive strategy.

Prior to O’Brien Garrett, Emily worked in theater as a designer and stage manager, and holds a BA in design.  To pay the bills, she began a decades long career at Target Analysis Group and Target Analytics, a Blackbaud Company, leading to a position in data operations at the Humane Society of the United States, and its affiliates.  Emily enjoys spending her time volunteering with local cat rescue groups, and the rest of it removing her rescued cats from her keyboard.