Garrett O’Day joined the Maryland Catholic Conference as Associate Director for Education, Children & Families in May 2013. He was named Deputy Director in July 2018.
A New York native, Garrett graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law. Prior to joining the Maryland Catholic Conference, O’Day practiced law in New York. He is admitted to the Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia bars.
Garrett is driven by a desire to see all parents empowered to make the right education decisions for their children and have access to the options that will propel students to success. In overseeing the department of Education, Children & Families, he advises on policies that promote the success and wellbeing of Maryland’s families and children, including the approximately 50,000 students attending the state’s Catholic schools. He also acts as a resource for other nonpublic schools throughout the state through his position as Vice President and Steering Committee Chair of Maryland CAPE, the state chapter of the national Council for American Private Education. Through those roles, Garrett has played an integral part in securing state funding for educational options for lower-income students through the BOOST Scholarship Program and enhancing the educational experience of tens of thousands of students through other school resource, technology and safety initiatives. Garrett works closely with state agencies to implement those programs. Additionally, he has focused other efforts on policies that have assisted Maryland’s youth, including assistance for students experiencing food-insecurity and homelessness, those in foster care, and those navigating the criminal justice system.
Garrett currently serves as school board chair at St. Philip Neri School and has served as an adjunct professor through Mount St. Mary’s University. He enjoys golf, football or anything else sports-related and has an affinity for all types of music, particularly jazz and its rich history. He and his wife, a Catholic school teacher, have two children and are parishioners at St. Mary’s in Annapolis.