Terri O'Brien is an experienced financial and operations professional who focuses on the connection between strong infrastructure and organizational mission. In her role as COO at Independent Sector, she provides oversight for the finance, human resources, administrative and facilities functions as well as information technology, membership and network engagement, conferences, and effective programs and practice. Prior to joining Independent Sector in March 2010, Terri worked six years as the CFO and vice president of finance and administration at BoardSource, where she played a key role in developing and implementing two strategic plans, growing the organization’s earned revenues, and aligning people, processes, and financial resources.
For 15 years, Terri held a variety of roles at World Wildlife Fund, the most recent of which was the director of financial operations where she led smart business practices for the home office and 16 field offices and integrated multi-year program strategies and plans with budgeting. Terri also held positions at Miles & Stockbridge and the consulting firm of Yaffe & Offutt, both in Baltimore. She has volunteered on a number of school financial and strategic planning committees and currently serves as a trustee for Thomas Benjamin Combs Trust.
Terri graduated from Towson University, where she majored in communications with a concentration in journalism. She passed the Certified Public Accountant exam in 1995.