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Col. Jim O'Brien, USAF (Ret)

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Col. Jim O'Brien, USAF (Ret) is a native of Peabody, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Norwich University in Vermont and holds a master's degree in systems management from the University of Southern California. Additionally, he is a graduate of the Air War College and a senior executive fellow from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

During O'Brien's 25-year career, he served in a variety of financial management positions at all levels of the Air Force, including four command positions. His final assignment was comptroller for the Air Force Reserve, where he was responsible for nearly $5 billion annually.

Prior to his current position, Jim served as the chief financial officer of MOAA for 7 years.

Career Highlights

  • 1998 Air Force Comptroller Magazine Best Author Award and author of periodic MOAA financial advice columns 
  • Selected across all services as the 2000 Officer of the Year for the Honolulu-Pacific Federal Executive Board while serving in Japan
  • Transformed and modernized MOAA financial operations to include overhauling investment strategies, implementing automated vendor payment and payroll systems, while ensuring clean audits for 6 consecutive years as the CFO