Gillian O’Brien

Community Engagement Manager

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As Community Engagement Manager, Gillian oversees the development and execution of expanding JAF’s peer-to-peer fundraising programs – including Team JAF athletic events (like the Boston Marathon®, Falmouth Road Race, NRG Spin-A-Thon, and Tour de South Shore) as well as the Foundation’s third party fundraising initiatives (Project 800, “Party in a Box” and Supporter Hosted Events).

Gillian grew up in Mansfield, MA and attended Endicott College, studying hospitality and event management. She began working with the Foundation back in 2008, initially as a volunteer/runner and supporter, and then as a part time employee before landing her first corporate job out of school. Always hoping to end up back at JAF, Gillian fully joined the Joe Andruzzi Foundation in October 2013.

Get to Know Gillian

What drives you each day at the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?

Reading the thank you notes and emails we receive daily from patients, family members and social workers expressing how much of an impact JAF has made on their lives.

What is your favorite thing about working for the Joe Andruzzi Foundation?

The patients we work on behalf of, and the colleagues I work alongside at JAF. The Foundation is like one big family – although we all have our roles within the organization, everyone is always willing to lend a hand wherever it’s needed. It’s an amazing feeling when you love your job and who you work with.

What’s a “fun fact” about yourself that others may be surprised to learn?

I ran the 2014 Boston Marathon as part of Team JAF!