Mr. O’Brien directs the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation and supports a talented team of professionals to assist states and local communities to respond to Department of Defense activity and support its missions. He is responsible for the creation and performance of many programs enabling states and communities to partner with the Department and its installation and industrial bases, including: $1.9 billion program to improve condition and capacity problems at public schools on military installations; nearly $200 million in investments in support of the Department’s Pacific Defense Initiative on the Territory of Guam; $80 million Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program to deliver innovativeness and modernization for the defense industrial base at the speed of relevancy; $200 million Defense Community Infrastructure Program to support state and local enhancements to improve local military value, installation resiliency, and military family quality of life; and $75 million community noise mitigation program. His team presently manages a portfolio of over 200 projects accounting for close to $2 billion in obligations. Prior to joining DoD, Mr. O’Brien was a Presidential Management Intern with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where he spent time on the Hill, working on community and economic development-related issues. And prior to his Federal service, he was an Assistant Business Developer for the City of Duluth, MN, where he assisted with the reuse of a closed air base, supported the conversion of a former steel plant, and co-drafted the State's first enterprise zone bill. He also served as a citizen representative to the Duluth Joint Airport Zoning Board. He has Bachelor of Arts 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 received a Masters of Science degree in Public Management and Policy Analysis from the School of Urban and Public Affairs at Carnegie-Mellon University, where he graduated "with distinction," student-taught organizational management, and was elected to Pi Alpha Alpha. Mr. O'Brien is certified as an "Economic Development Finance Professional" by the National Development Council and graduated from the Federal Executive Institute’s “Leadership for a Democratic Society” as well as Harvard Law School’s “Program on Negotiation.” He is the recipient of the: 2017 “Federal Leadership in Economic Development Programs” award from the International Economic Development Council; Ancient Order of Chamorri from the Governor of Guam; and, Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.
Deputy Director for Operations
Mr. Doug Brown has been with OLDCC since 2015 and currently serves as the Deputy Director for Operations. In this capacity he directs core business line activities associated with organization administration, information technology, and procurement activities. Prior to serving as the Deputy Director for Operations, Mr. Brown served as the Deputy Director for Programs and OLDCC’s Army Military Liaison. Mr. Brown is a former U.S. Army engineer officer with more than two decades’ experience leading and guiding various organizations within DoD. He holds a master’s degree in Leadership from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s degree from the University of South Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He holds a Certificate in Public Leadership and is a recipient of the Army Engineer Association DeFluery Award.
Deputy Director for Community Investment
Mr. Daniel Glasson has been with OLDCC since 2006 and serves as the Deputy Director for Community Investment. In this role, he ensures effective and compliant delivery of OLDCC programs of assistance across its stakeholders. Previously, he served as OLDCC’s Program Director for Community Investment, a Project Manager, and as a Presidential Management Fellow. Mr. Glasson has served in numerous capacities in the public and private sector, spanning work positions in the United States, Europe, and Africa, offering more than 20 years of experience in public administration, applied economic development, and urban planning. He holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning 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 spent time in Poland as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2018, Mr. Glasson was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Exceptional Civilian Service.
Principal for Intergovernmental & Stakeholder Engagement
Tara A. Butler, Esq., serves as Principal for Intergovernmental & Stakeholder Engagement for the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation. 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 and Public Policy Certificate program. She is also a Board liaison to the Association of Defense Communities.
Assistant Deputy Director for Community Investment
Program Activity Lead – Public Schools on Military Installations
Mr. David Kennedy has been with the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation since 2012, and now serves as both the Assistant Deputy Director for Community Investment and the Program Activity Lead for Public Schools on Military Installations. His portfolio includes Public Schools on Military Installation (PSMI) program, Community Noise Mitigation, Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot program, Transportation Infrastructure Improvements Associated with Medical Facilities program, and the Pacific Readiness program. Previously, Mr. Kennedy served 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 Master of Science degree from Oregon State University and a Bachelor of Science from Clarkson University in Civil Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Virginia.
Director, Western Regional Office (Acting)
Mr. Louis Littleton has been with the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation since 2014 and serves as a Project Manager and as the Acting Director for the Western Regional Office. Prior to joining OLDCC, Mr. Littleton served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force as a logistics officer in a variety of command, leadership, and staff positions at the installation, major command, and international levels. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and completed several levels of joint and service professional military education during his Air Force career.
Assistant Deputy Director for Community Adjustment
Program Activity Lead – Community Noise Mitigation
Mr. Scott Spencer has been with OLDCC since 2018 and serves both as the Assistant Deputy Director for Community Adjustment and the Program Activity Lead for Community Noise Mitigation. His portfolio includes Compatible Use, Installation Resilience, Diversification, Industry Transition, Growth and Realignment. Prior to joining OLDCC, Mr. Spencer spent 13 years with the Air Force working as a Community Planner at the installation, major command, and headquarters levels. He also served as the Air Force Service Action Officer for the Department of Defense Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program. Previously, he spent 10 years in the private sector managing comprehensive planning projects for the Department of Defense worldwide. Mr. Spencer holds dual bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Geography/Urban Planning from Frostburg State University and is an alumnus of the Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy Managing by Network. In 2008, Mr. Spencer was awarded the Air Force Civilian Achievement Medal.
Deputy Director for Compliance
Mr. Wilson has been with the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation since 2008 and serves as the Deputy Director for Compliance. In this capacity, Mr. Wilson ensures compliance with the Federal Managers’ Financial Integrity Act, 2 CFR Part 200, and the Anti-Deficiency Act, as well as supervises the integration of internal control and financial systems to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and compliance with regulations and applicable laws, to include the reliability of financial reporting and management systems. Mr. Wilson has served as the Deputy Program Manager for Compliance and Integration, a Project Manager, and a Presidential Management Fellow. Previously, Mr. Wilson’s worked as a Competition Manager with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, U.S. Department of Commerce, where he was responsible for grant oversight and management with the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program. He is an Operation Iraqi Freedom military veteran with over 20 years of honorable service in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the Army National Guard. Mr. Wilson holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University and is a graduate of the Federal Executive Institute.
Associate Principal for Intergovernmental & Stakeholder Engagement
Ms. Mary Catherine “MC” Ott has been with OLDCC since 2022 and serves as Associate Principal for Intergovernmental & Stakeholder Engagement. In this role, 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. Prior to joining OLDCC, Ms. Ott served as a Legislative Director at the National Governors Association (NGA), focusing on a broad range of issues including defense, homeland security, cybersecurity, public safety and veterans affairs. She also oversaw the Presidentially appointed Council of Governors activities for NGA. She previously served as a senior legislative analyst at National Guard Bureau's Office of Legislative Liaison, Senior Legislative Affairs Manager for Air National Guard and Cyber Security at the National Guard Association of the United States and was a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate. Ms. Ott holds a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Providence College. From 2021-2022, she sat on the Board of Advisors for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.
Deputy Director for Community Adjustment
Program Activity Lead – Realignment
Liz Chimienti has spent ten years at the Office of Local Defense Community Cooperation and serves as the Deputy Director for Community Adjustment and the Program Activity Lead for Realignment. Since 2015, she has coordinated the development of the Defense Spending by State report and other technical assistance products for OLDCC 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.