Brian O’Connell is a lifelong New Mexican who became COO/CFO of The Atrisco Companies in May of 2020.
Brian brings extensive experience in the nonprofit and legislative education sectors in New Mexico. From 2012 to 2020 he was Executive Director of Golden Apple Foundation of New Mexico, the premiere teacher recognition and professional development organization in the state. From 2000 to 2012 he was Executive Director of New Mexico Child Advocacy Networks, a statewide organization specializing in volunteer advocacy for children that have been abused or neglected. Prior to those experiences, Brian was a Senior Fiscal Analyst for the bipartisan, bicameral Legislative Finance Committee. Brian holds a Bachelors in History and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of New Mexico.
Brian’s extensive leadership experience has provided him with knowledge of financial and operational matters which are readily transferable to charter school operations and finance. Having run a two non-profit organizations provides Brian with insights to support charter schools and the Principals with all matters of business, regulatory compliance and operations.
Mr. O’Connell has been granted provisional licensure as a School Business Official by the New Mexico Public Education Department pending standard training that has not yet been offered. NMPED anticipates that the requirements for School Business Official licensure will be complete in Spring 2021