Rep. Poliquin Announces New District Director
WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) announced that he has appointed Corenna O’Brien as the new District Director in his congressional office.
“I am tremendously pleased and proud to welcome Corenna O’Brien to our team to serve the families and communities of Maine’s 2nd District,” said Congressman Poliquin. “As the largest congressional district East of the Mississippi River, taking on the leadership role of District Director in this office is an extraordinary task. I am proud to have my team in Maine led by an accomplished woman with deep roots in our community who will put Maine people first.”
“I am glad to join Congressman Bruce Poliquin in his efforts to serve the people of Maine,” said Corenna O’Brien. “I look forward to continuing Congressman Poliquin’s strong commitment to constituent service and to assisting his efforts to create jobs, protect Maine’s economy and support our Veterans, senior citizens, and families.”
A lifelong resident of the greater Bangor area, O’Brien is deeply involved in her community, earning the reputation of being a reliable and effective resource and having an extraordinary talent for event planning. Before joining Congressman Poliquin’s team, O’Brien founded her own business, Corenna Consulting, a highly respected and successful event management and public relations firm. Prior to starting her own business, O’Brien hosted “Maine Street with Corenna O’Brien,” a television series supporting Maine small businesses on WVII 7/Fox 22 in Bangor. She also served as executive director at the Ellen M. Leach Memorial Home, a senior housing facility in Brewer.
O’Brien has excelled in her impressive 17 year executive career in the housing industry. She served with Community Health & Counseling Services in Bangor, administering the Shelter Plus Care housing program to assist homeless and severely mentally ill locate decent, safe and sanitary housing and performing housing quality standards inspections across five counties in Maine. O’Brien also worked at the Bangor Housing Authority, administering facets of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program. As the regional property manager at one of the nation’s largest real estate investment firms, she was responsible for more than 1,000 senior and family affordable housing units in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island regulated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development. These properties were all recognized and awarded by NAHMA as 'Communities of Quality.'
In her free time, O’Brien has volunteered countless hours fundraising for those in need and various causes and by serving on numerous committees and boards. She has been directly involved in several local organizations such as the Bangor Area Recovery Network, the Bangor Area YMCA Gala Committee, the Eastern Maine Community College Foundation Board, the EMMC Champion the Cure Challenge, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Bangor, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Taylor Foundation and the Tuesday Forum. In 2016, O’Brien founded a scholarship fund at EMCC in memory of former Chief Donald J. Winslow for criminal justice and fire science students. She earned a baccalaureate degree in business administration from Husson College.
O’Brien will be based in Congressman Poliquin’s Bangor office, located at 6 State Street, Suite 101.