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Board of Directors

Reilly O'Connor

Reilly is the founding principal of the boutique government affairs firm the Lincoln Park Group. Prior to establishing the Lincoln Park Group, Reilly served as the Head of Federal Affairs and Policy for the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). He worked for WSWA for ten years. Reilly served as the Director of Government Affairs for the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) where he worked on Medicaid reimbursement issues, patent reform and drug importation legislation. Prior to his tenure at GPhA, Reilly worked on numerous political campaigns and in the offices of Senators Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). Additionally, Reilly is active in numerous Irish-American activities and has served on the American Ireland Fund Gala Committee and the Steering Committee of the American Ireland Fund’s Washington DC Young Leaders. He was a 2019 recipient of the Irish Echo’s “Forty Under Forty.” Reilly is a 2004 magna cum laude graduate of Lake Forest College. He resides with his family on Capitol Hill.

Eric Silva

BBBP Secretary Eric Silva has been one of the Project’s strongest fundraisers, serving as co-chair of the 2014 and 2015 D.C. Boxing Classics, and is very passionate about the Project: “The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project boils it all down to what really matters— giving young people from D.C. and both Belfast communities the chance to train together, learn from one another, and compete for their cities and countries. In the end, what you see are people from very different parts of the world finding out that their life experiences are in a lot of ways alike. New friendships are forged and respect is earned, both in and out of the ring. In a small way, this project gives us a glimpse into what’s possible when communities get together, set aside differences, and work for a common purpose.”    

Eric is an attorney and lobbyist who represents clients as an advocate and strategic counsel before the legislative and executive branches of the Federal Government. Prior to his private sector work, Eric worked as an aide to the United States Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and to the late Senator James M. Jeffords (I-VT). He got his start in Washington as a fellow for the Congressional Hunger Center and now serves as one of their board members. A proud Bostonian, Eric attended Boston College and did a stint at the District Attorney’s Office while attending the University of Notre Dame Law School. He is the recipient of Boston College’s John Joseph Moakley Award for International Service and Winston & Strawn’s Pro Bono Commitment to Service Award. He remains active with the American Ireland Fund Young Leaders Society and serves as Vice President and board director for the Boston College Alumni Association. And finally, lest the Portuguese surname fool you, he also hails from the Fitzpatrick and Cotter clans of East Boston and Charlestown, MA, respectively.  

Timothy Curry

BBBP-US Board Member Timothy Curry is the Deputy Director for Counter Terrorism Policy in the Office of the Counterterrorism Coordinator at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mr. Curry has been recognized for his efforts receiving the 2012 DHS Thought Leadership Award and several Distinguished Services Awards over his tenure at DHS, and he has spoken at conferences hosted by the European Commission, academic institutions, private sector and government agencies in the U.S. and Europe. Prior to his work at DHS, Mr. Curry worked as a Program Coordinator for the Technology and Public Policy Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Mr. Curry’s work focused on areas such as critical infrastructure protection, cyber security, emerging technologies, space as well as homeland and national security.

Before working at CSIS Mr. Curry lived in Belfast, Northern Ireland where he worked for Weber Shandwick Worldwide and taught American Politics at Queen’s University Belfast. This was after working in Congress for Senator Edward M. Kennedy and at the Irish Institute of Boston College. Mr. Curry received a Masters with merit in Comparative Ethnic Conflict from Queen’s University in Belfast, and a B.A. cum laude in Theology with a minor in Art History from Boston College where he was a four-year member of the Division I Varsity Lacrosse Team. His Masters dissertation was a comparative analysis of the IRA and Hezbollah and his undergraduate Scholar of the College project focused on the role of religion in conflict. Mr. Curry is a member of the Clover Club of Boston and is on the Board of Directors of the Welles Remy Crowther Memorial Trust and the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project.

Michael O'Brien

Michael O’Brien is a founding board member of BBBP and a Managing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mike joined PwC as a Director in the Office of Government, Regulatory Affairs & Public Policy in 2005. In his current role, Michael represents the firm and its interests before Congress, the Executive Branch and federal regulatory agencies.  He has advocated on the firm’s behalf on matters including the implementation of Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank, state and federal taxation matters, IFRS, litigation reform, and the competitiveness of the U.S. capital markets. Besides assisting in general lobbying activities, Michael has researched and developed periodic political analyses and strategies for firm distribution.  
Prior to joining PwC, Michael served as a Legislative Specialist in the Office of Legislative Affairs at the Securities and Exchange Commission. Michael served as Senior Advisor to Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions Sheila Bair at the Treasury Department prior to joining the SEC.  He began his career in the Office of U.S. Senator Daniel R. Coats of Indiana, serving as a Legislative Assistant for five years.
A native New Yorker, Michael received his BA from Georgetown University and his MBA in finance and public policy from George Washington University.

Patrick Lyden

Patrick Lyden is the Founder and President of Current Government Relations, a strategic services and business development firm. As a governmental relations professional, Patrick draws upon his wide-range of policy, political, and advocacy experience to provide clients with high level strategic guidance and access to a broad array of policymakers. With over 18 years of experience both inside and out of the federal government, Patrick possesses a keen understanding of the legislative process and the political factors that influence it.

Patrick has worked with some of the best and brightest during his time in Washington, including Speaker John Boehner, while Boehner was chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Tom Davis, then chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Lyden has also served as Chief of Staff for two Members of Congress: Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and former Congresswoman Mary Fallin (R-OK), who is the currently the Governor of Oklahoma. Prior to that, Lyden was a lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the leading small business advocacy group in Washington, DC.

Patrick has a long interest in giving back to the community and supporting Irish and Irish-American causes. He has served as a marshal for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Washington, DC. He also currently serves as a Co-Chair of the American Ireland Fund Young Leaders of Washington and is a board member of the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project.    

Originally from York, Pennsylvania, Patrick graduated from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He resides in Washington, DC with his wife and two daughters.

John Neal

Board Member John Neal helped found the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project, and served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for 10 years. “Working with Emmanuel Quinn and a first class group of men and women to start the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project has been a highlight of my time living in Washington, DC. As a DC resident, it has been very rewarding to be involved with a group committed to providing young athletes with opportunities to travel and compete, and to building relationships with young men with different life experiences. I’m very excited to see how we can take the BBBP’s success in the ring, and expand the charity’s offerings to young people in both the DC and Belfast communities to help them develop leadership skills, and become role models for the young boys and girls in their neighborhoods.”

John currently serves with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security where he advises Members of Congress on financial services, technology, and national security matters. Previously, John spent nearly 10 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent where he conducted national security and criminal investigations while assigned to the Buffalo and Washington Field Offices. John served on active duty with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific and Middle East as an airborne reconnaissance officer, and has private sector experience in business development and technical support with leading technology and cybersecurity firms. John received his BA in Government from the University of Notre Dame, and has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

John first fell in love with boxing when his father took him to see Sugar Ray Leonard train in Buffalo, NY. His boxing experience is limited to surviving 12 rounds of ‘Bull in the Ring’ at the FBI Academy with all his teeth, and nose generally in the same place.

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Shawn Coughlin

Shawn Coughlin is the executive vice president for government relations and public policy at the National Association for Behavioral Heath (NABH). NABH represents behavioral healthcare providers committed to the delivery of responsive, accountable, and clinically effective prevention, treatment and care of children, adolescents, and adults with mental health and substance use disorders. Shawn is a leading healthcare advocate and policy expert who oversees the association’s advocacy work on Capitol Hill, and helps to set and implement strategic policy goals that support high-quality evidence based behavioral healthcare for Americans who live with mental and substance use disorders.

“As a result of my role with NABH, I have become more educated and aware of the critical needs of at-risk youths regardless of their country or location, and the benefits of providing them with an alternative to the many negative forces they experience daily on the streets,” Shawn says. “In my view, the goals of BBBP align perfectly with the mission of NABH and I believe we can identify additional resources and services we can bring to bear in addressing the pressing needs of the children and communities the BBBP serves.”

Sean Brebbia

Sean Brebbia has been a member of the Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project’s Board of Directors since its inception, and now serves as VP. “The Belfast-Beltway Boxing Project is a unique charity that provides a tremendous experience for everyone involved. The Project’s participants come from diverse communities on both sides of the Atlantic. I cannot overstate the value for the individuals that are involved. For many, BBBP provides a cultural experience they would not have otherwise. Travel broadens the mind, and we are committed to providing valuable experiences and resources to everyone involved in the Project. I hope BBBP can continue to grow and expand its efforts to support our young people.”

Sean is Senior Counsel for the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Prior to that, he was a trial attorney for both the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Brockton, Massachusetts. Sean is a graduate of Colgate University and The George Washington University Law School, where he graduated with high honors and was a member of the Law Review. Originally from Marshfield, Mass., he now resides with his family in Bethesda, Maryland.