The Maryland Catholic Conference welcomes Mr. Garrett O'Day, Esq. to the position of associate director for education and family life. He replaces Ellen Robertson who left the position in the fall to work for Maryland's Department of General Services.
"I am thrilled to have the opportunity to advocate for the Church, particularly with regard to its positions on the issues affecting our Catholic school students and their families. Our Catholic schools are an integral part of Maryland's educational landscape and I will do my best to promote their continued success," said O'Day.
Executive Director Mary Ellen Russell said Mr. O'Day "will serve Maryland's Catholic school families well. One of the most important issues before the Conference is supporting our Catholic schools and their students, explaining the benefits of Catholic education for our state and securing increased state funding to ensure that our schools remain strong into the future. Support for families whose children attend Catholic or other nonpublic schools is one of the many issues addressed by the Conference that cuts across the partisan divide, allowing members of both parties to join together to support initiatives that benefit all students in Maryland, regardless of where they attend school."
Mr. O'Day joins the Conference from New York, where he practiced law. He graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. Thereafter, Mr. O’Day earned a juris doctor degree from California Western School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in both New York and United States federal courts.
Maryland Catholic Conference advocates for the Church's public policy positions before the Maryland General Assembly and other civil officials. The Conference represents all three dioceses with territory in the state – the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the Diocese of Wilmington.