Mr. O’Brien is Director of the Office of Economic Adjustment. Prior to joining OEA, Mr. O’Brien was with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where he served in a number of different capacities, working on a variety of community and economic development issues. Before that, he was an Assistant Business Developer for the City of Duluth, MN. He has bachelor’s degrees in Urban Affairs and Political Science from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he graduated cum laude and as a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society. He also holds a master’s degree in Public Management and Policy Analysis. Mr. O'Brien is certified as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council.
Deputy Director for Programs
Doug Brown joined the Office of Economic Adjustment in 2019 and serves as the Deputy Director for Programs. In this capacity he directs core business line activities associated with any Department of Defense (DoD) effort that affects states and communities impacted by Defense activities or program changes. Prior to this position he served as the U.S. Army Military Liaison at OEA. Mr. Brown is a former Army Engineer Officer with more than two decades experience leading and guiding various organizations within DoD. His operational deployments include Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait. Mr. Brown is also the recipient of the Army Engineer Association DeFluery Award and the Polish Army Bronze Medal.
Program Director for Intergovernmental Affairs
Tara A. Butler, Esq. serves as Program Director for Intergovernmental Affairs for the Office of Economic Adjustment. She conducts outreach to Federal, state, and local elected officials and serves as the Department’s representative to the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. Previously, she worked on defense, energy, and infrastructure issues as Program Director for the National Governors Association. Ms. Butler is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, the University of Connecticut School of Law, and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executive Fellows program. She is also a Board liaison to the Association of Defense Communities.
Deputy Program Director, BRAC & Downsizing
Liz Chimienti has spent nine years at the Office of Economic Adjustment and serves as the Deputy Program Director for Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Since 2015, she has coordinated the development of the Defense Spending by State report and other technical assistance products for OEA customers. Ms. Chimienti has worked with applicants in twelve states to develop programs of assistance for communities responding to base closure, or reductions in Defense personnel or procurement. She is a graduate of Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and holds a master’s degree in City Planning from MIT.
Interim Program Director, Community Investment
Sig Csicsery has spent five years at the Office of Economic Adjustment and currently serves as Interim Program Director for Community Investment. Prior to joining OEA, Mr. Csicsery served 27 years as an U.S. Air Force civilian engineer and project manager for facilities, real property, and environmental remediation with a focus on planning, programming and project execution. Mr. Csicsery graduated from California State University Sacramento, is registered as a Professional Mechanical Engineer and holds credentials as a Project Management Professional.
Program Director, Industry Resilience
Michael Gilroy serves as the Program Director for Industry Resilience at the Office of Economic Adjustment. Prior to joining OEA, Mr. Gilroy was the National Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Coordinator for the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) of the U.S. Department of Labor, a position he held after completing a 21-year military career in the U.S. Army. He was instrumental in creating Labor’s Regional Innovation Grant program and served as the original author of multiple ETA Training and Employment Guidance Letters related to the RIG, Hurricane Katrina and BRAC recovery programs. Mr. Gilroy holds master's degrees in Public Administration and in National Security and Strategy.
Deputy Director, Compliance and Integration
Daniel Glasson serves as the Deputy Director for Compliance and Integration at the Office of Economic Adjustment. He oversees all matters of compliance related to grants, budget, contracting, and office operations. With OEA since 2006, he previously served as the Program Director for Community Investment. He brings more than 20 years’ experience in the public and private sectors in public administration, economic development, and urban planning in the U.S., Europe and Africa. Dan holds a Master of Urban Planning degree and a Certificate in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan, Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies from Case Western Reserve University, and is a Fulbright Scholar Alumnus.
Program Director, Military Installation Resilience
James Holland has been with OEA for four years, and now serves as Military Installation Resilience Program Director. Mr. Holland joined OEA after serving 10 years, both as a civilian and active duty military member, on the staff of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Installations, Environment and Energy). He retired from active duty in 2007 after more than 27 year career in the United States Air Force, retiring in the grade of colonel. Mr. Holland holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Memphis State University and master’s degrees in Engineering Management and Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
Interim Director, Military Installation Sustainability
David Kennedy has been with the Office of Economic Adjustment for seven years, and now serves as the Interim Program Director for Military Installation Sustainability. Previously, Mr. Kennedy served for 27 years in the U.S. Army, including commanding a battalion in combat as part of the final surge brigade in Baghdad. He also served as an Associate Professor at the United States Military Academy. Mr. Kennedy holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Civil Engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.
Deputy Director, Western Regional Office/Program Manager
Gary Kuwabara has spent 14 years at the Office of Economic Adjustment, and currently serves as the Western Regional Office Director. He is a licensed architect. Mr. Kuwabara holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a master’s in Management. Mr. Kuwabara also has a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College. His awards include the Ancient Order of the Chamorri from the Territory of Guam, Guam Governor’s Award, Department of the Air Force Exemplary Civilian Service Award, SAF/MI Certificate of Commendation, SAF/MII Notable Achievement Award, Commander-in Chief's Installation Excellence Award (Individual Award), 25th Air Division Civilian of the Year 1987 and 1989.
Deputy Program Manager for Compliance and Integration/Project Manager
Michael Wilson is currently the Deputy Program Manager for Compliance and Integration for the Office of Economic Adjustment. He is also a Project Manager, managing projects across several OEA programs. Prior to joining OEA, Mr. Wilson worked as a Social Researcher, Community Development Specialist, and a Lead Criminal Justice Planner with the North Carolina Governor's Crime Commission. He is a military veteran with over 20 years of honorable service in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army National Guard and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Wilson holds a master's degree in Public Administration and a bachelor's degree in Sociology.