Geoffrey (Geoff) O’Hara is vice president of Regional Affairs and Advocacy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. O’Hara manages the Chamber’s seven regional offices that are responsible for legislative and political grassroots strategy in all 50 states. He also manages the Chamber’s Eastern Region.
The mission of the U.S. Chamber’s Regional Offices is to develop and maintain each region’s legislative, political, and grassroots resources to achieve the Chamber’s public policy goals. O’Hara leads the Chamber’s efforts to strengthen its regional operations and relationships with member businesses, associations, and chambers of commerce.
Before joining the Chamber in 2001, O’Hara was vice president of government & public affairs for the National Association of Chemical Distributors in Arlington, Virginia. During his six-year tenure, he oversaw all facets of the association’s legislative, regulatory, international affairs, and communications strategy, representing business interests before Congress, federal agencies, and the media.
Previously, O’Hara worked for three years as a legislative assistant for former Congressman Ronald K. Machtley (R-RI). There he covered a variety of federal issues, including transportation and the environment.
O’Hara received a master’s degree in political science with a concentration in lobbying from the American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
O’Hara lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife and their three children.