Additions to the President’s Office Team
June 4, 2018
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
I am very pleased to announce several recent appointments to the Office of the President staff:
William R. O’Reilly has been named the new chief of staff to the president. Bill will be leaving the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he was a partner, to join Brandeis on Aug. 13. He brings with him a great deal of knowledge and experience in the administration and governance of schools and universities. He was a member of the Tufts University Board of Trustees from 2004-17, nine of those years as vice chair. He has also been a member of the Beaver Country Day School Board of Trustees and is currently on the Tufts University Hillel Board of Directors. For two years, Bill served as president of the Tufts University Alumni Association. He graduated summa cum laude from Tufts and magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Journal editorial board. In his law practice, Bill represented such clients as the Museum of Science, Boston; Brown University; and City Year. In his new role as chief of staff, Bill will play a critical role in providing strategic and analytical support for the president, prioritizing the office’s responses and actions, and managing the university-wide strategic-planning process.
Carol Onorato started her new role as senior executive assistant to the president on April 17. Carol has more than 25 years of experience as an executive assistant at various public and private organizations, including, most recently, The Princeton Review and Tutor.com.
Meghan Alvarez de Sotomayor became executive administrator on Feb. 1, responsible for a variety of administrative duties and research support, and serving as part-time backup to Carol. Previously, Meghan was assistant to the chief of cognitive neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation.
Finally, Orla O’Brien will be shifting her focus back to Institutional Advancement, where she formerly worked, in addition to maintaining administrative responsibilities to the Board of Trustees. Orla begins her new role as special assistant, planned giving and donor stewardship, and assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees on July 1.
I know you will join me in warmly welcoming our new Brandeisians and in congratulating Orla on her new position. Stop by our offices soon to say hello.