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Brian O’Connell

Director, State Government Relations, General Motors Public Policy Center

Brian O'ConnellBrian D. O’Connell was appointed regional director, state government relations, for the General Motors Public Policy Center on January 1, 2010.  He is based in Lansing, Mich.

A native Michigander, O’Connell is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and began a 13-year career of public service in state government in 1993.  He served as chief of staff to the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as legislative director for a legislator in the Michigan House of Representatives.

In 2006, he joined Wyeth Pharmaceuticals government relations staff managing state government relations activities in Michigan and Ohio. He also served as a member of their corporate affairs strategy and development priority team.

In 2010, he joined General Motor’s government relations staff and has managed state government relations activities for GM in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. He also handled local government relations for GM in 22 states across the country.