Tess O’Brien, MPP

Tess O'Brien, MPP

Tess O’Brien, MPP

Tess O’Brien is a Master in Public Policy candidate at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where her primary academic focus is on the relationship between Business and Government. Prior to the Kennedy School, Tess worked for a number of non-governmental organizations across the developing world including Jesuit Refugee Services in Cambodia, Wanawake kwa Wanawake in Kenya, and Catholic Relief Services in East Africa. At Harvard, Tess has developed quantitative and qualitative skills to apply data-driven decision-making and design thinking to address societal challenges. She is currently applying these skills to assess the U.S. Government’s strategies towards internally displaced persons for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the client for her final year thesis. She spent the summer of 2016 working with UN Women’s HeForShe campaign. Moving forward, Tess is interested in forging partnerships across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors to address global challenges. Tess is particularly passionate about protecting, and enhancing, the rights of migrants and women.