Margaret O’Bryon

Executive Director, Policy Innovation Lab

Margaret O’Bryon is a Research Assistant Professor, founder and Executive Director of the McCourt Policy Innovation Lab. She previously served as the Waldemar A. Nielsen Chair in Philanthropy at McCourt from 2013-2015. O’Bryon worked in the field of philanthropy for several decades, including 15 years as founding president and CEO of the Consumer Health Foundation (CHF) in Washington DC. Margaret helped launch the foundation’s pioneering work in the area of health and racial equity. She has also held several national leadership positions including chair of the board of Grantmakers in Health, representing health philanthropy in the United States.

Margaret was honored to receive the Terrance Keenan Leadership Award. The award honors individuals in health philanthropy whose work is distinguished by leadership, innovation, and achievement. O’Bryon is the founder of Accelerating Change Group (ACG), an enterprise aimed at helping nonprofits, foundations, and their leadership develop and implement innovative strategies to address complex problems.

Margaret is a member of several local and national nonprofit Boards, including the Institute for Public Health Innovation, the National Hispanic Coalition on Aging, Mercy Health Clinic, and USTA-Mid Atlantic. She received her bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College and her master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the George Washington University.