Jan O'Brien was assistant editor and website manager at Yale Climate Connections from 2007-2022. She brought more than three decades of experience in environmental publishing and policy research and more than 20 years of experience in website management.
She started her environmental career in 1979 as special assistant to the assistant director of the U.S. Congress’s National Commission on Air Quality, under the Clean Air Act, and later served as assistant editor of the Environmental Law Institute’s monthly policy magazine, The Environmental Forum.
After two years as assistant editor with the Government Finance Research Association in Washington, D.C., she joined the nonprofit Environmental Health Center, a component of the National Safety Council. Jan was promoted to the newly formed position of manager of website communications in 1997 and relocated to the Council’s Chicago-area headquarters office, where she guided all web activities associated with Council divisions, members, chapters, board, and partnerships.
She established her own web management and communications business in 2004, and in 2007 began work with Yale Climate Connections. Her fields of expertise include website development and management; environmental communications, writing and editing; web analytics, design strategy and implementation, and project oversight.