Supported by more than four decades of practiced experience, Mary Devon O’Brien has been serving as the commissioner of the New Jersey Essex County Tax Board since 2008 and the president of Anamex Inc. since 1995. Prior to her current endeavors, she was an expert in avionics and ITT defense communications, having previously served Avionics Division ITT in Nutley, NJ, in multiple capacities, including as a project manager from 1980 to 1981, senior project manager from 1981 to 1993, and consultant in strategic planning from 1983 to 1995. Likewise, she served the Defense Communications Division ITT as a voice processing project member from 1979 to 1980, manager of cost and schedule control from 1978 to 1979, and controller of manpower from 1977 to 1980. She commenced her career with ITT in 1977, having served as a program administrator for one year.
Equally passionate about serving her community, Ms. O’Brien has been the president of the Maplewood Civic Association since 2000, having previously served in the same position from 1989 to 1991. In addition, she currently sits as chair of the Maplewood Republican County Committee, chair of the Maple Leaf Service Award Committee, appointed fellow of Leadership New Jersey, chair of the leadership division and Speakers Bureau of the United Way of Essex and West Hudson, and chair of the Council chapter of the President Interaction Committee. Likewise, she has also been acting as chair of the Community Service Council of Orange and Maplewood Homelessness, and she currently sits on the board of trustees of the United Way Essex and West Hudson Community Service Council. Furthermore, she has maintained affiliation with the New Jersey PMI Educational, the International Project Management Institute Journal and Membership Survey, and the New Jersey Project Management Institute.
Ms. O’Brien holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Business Administration from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In 1989, she obtained certification in project management. A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals and various poems, she has served Lions Clubs International in a plethora of roles, including as third vice chair, which she has held since 2005. Attributing her success to the profound influence of her parents, who were both diligent and intelligent people, Ms. O’Brien is most proud of her volunteer work in the service and nonprofit industries, especially her involvement with the Eyeglass Recycling Program.
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