Ms. O’Hara is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Richard E. Neal (D-MA1), Chairman of the House Committee on Ways and Means. She serves the Chairman in both the personal and committee offices and covers policy issues that include health; social security; worker and family support; appropriations and other matters.
Before joining Chairman Neal, Ms. O’Hara was Principal of O’Hara Federal Strategies, LLC from 2010-2016 where she was founder of the woman-owned business that provided strategic policy, legislative process and communications advice to clients. Before that, she was Senior Advisor at a health care and financial services consulting firm.
Other Congressional offices for which she has worked include former Democratic Leader, Representative Dick Gephardt (D-MO) from 2000-2005 as Legislative Assistant and Legislative Director. Prior to that, she was an aide to Representative Tom Manton (D-NY) where she was his lead health staff on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and handled issues such as the Balanced Budget Act of 1997, Medicare and Medicaid, FDA reform, Tobacco hearings, and Patient Bill of Rights.
Ms. O’Hara is active in Washington, DC community politics and enjoys working with senior citizen organizations. She received her BA in Political Science from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland.