Katie W. O'Brien

Executive Director of Research and Program Funding

Katie Howland O’Brien manages activities related to sponsored projects for the College of Law. She is a 2013 cum laude graduate of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where she was a recipient of the 2013 Dean’s Award in Recognition of Outstanding Performance, a CALI award winning legal writer, and a Willard H. Pedrick Scholar.  During law school, she externed for The Hon. William J. O’Neil, Presiding Disciplinary Judge at the Arizona Supreme Court; was a law clerk and extern at Charles F. Myers PA estate planning law firm; and an extern in Phoenix Children’s Hospital General Counsel’s Office.   

Ms. Howland O'Brien brings extensive experience in the nonprofit arena where she primarily developed the financial and operating infrastructure for new programs and entities.  She was also Senior Vice President and Managing Director of the Corporate Investment Bank of Wachovia (now Wells Fargo), where she managed deal teams in a dynamic and intense transactional practice financing a range of mergers, acquisitions, working capital, and other transactions. She was also Managing Director of a private consulting firm.



B.S., with Honors, Busininess Administration, George Mason University

Master of International Business Studies, concentration in Global Financial Markets, University of South Carolina

J.D., cum laude, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State Unversity