Paul O'Brien -- Pillar of Mass Mentoring Partnership

On February 28th, we held our 25th Anniversary Gala Celebration to honor individuals and organizations that have supported Mass Mentoring Partnership over the past quarter century. We honored our Four Pillars of Mass Mentoring, a group of people that created the foundation for our organization. Here is a profile of Paul O'Brien, Pillar of Mass Mentoring Partnership, followed by a video tribute that was shown at the event. 

Paul O’Brien helped found Greater Boston 1 to 1 in 1992, which would later become Mass Mentoring Partnership. He spearheaded a business leadership group to raise awareness and financial support for mentoring and partner with Father Monan to grow investment in this new organization. He has been an ex-officio board member of MMP since the very beginning and has been a strong advocate throughout his professional career and beyond for youth development and the importance of early education as the key to future success for young people.

Paul is the former CEO of New England Telephone and spent more than thirty years in the telecommunications industry. He is the current president of The O’Brien Group, a telecommunications and investment consulting firm. Along with serving on MMP’s board, he is also the board chair for Strategies for Children, a Boston nonprofit dedicated to early childhood education.

Paul maintains a strong connection to MMP as both a thought leader and financial contributor and has made a lasting impact on the mentoring movement in Boston and beyond.

“Paul O’Brien did not hesitate to serve in a leadership capacity for Mass Mentoring Partnership, nor to leverage his resources to benefit the mentoring movement and ultimately the Commonwealth’s youth. He taught us to think big and always brought his incredible sense of humor to the table. Paul’s leadership made it possible to successfully launch MMP and I, as well as I’m sure the entire mentoring community, will be forever grateful.”

“Paul has always tried to downplay his role in Mass Mentoring’s history, which is in keeping with his personality. He places all of the credit for founding MMP with Father Monan. But we know that without Paul and his determination in getting the business community involved, we would not be here today. I continue to value his guidance and judgment today.”