Originally from the Boston-area, Michael O’Brien has resided in Needham since 2013. During that time, Michael has been actively engaged in the Needham community through:
- Town Meeting Member, Precinct C
- Newman PTC Board Member
- Needham Basketball Association – Head Coach
- Needham Baseball & Softball – Coach
- Needham Soccer Club – Assistant Coach
- Needham History Center & Museum – Member
- Needham Exchange Club – Member
- League of Women Voters of Needham – Member
Professionally, Michael worked in the corporate world in finance and technology before transitioning to non-profit organizations. Michael has worked in higher-education and social service organizations, and currently is the Deputy Director of Development at Bentley University. He holds an MBA from the University of Florida and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Boston University.
Michael and his wife Rachel Cohen, a nurse practitioner and Newman PTC Co-Chair, have two boys, Charles, fourth grader, and Matthew, a second grader at Newman Elementary School. They have enjoyed all of the many parks, playgrounds, restaurants, and businesses Needham has to offer.