Carly O’Leary joined BGR Group in February 2018. As deputy director to Governor Barbour, Carly supports the Founding Partner in research and client engagement, scheduling and travel logistics, coordinating political activities and fundraising, and managing the Governor’s media and speaking engagements.
Prior to joining BGR, Carly worked for five years at The Larrison Group, a D.C.-based boutique consulting firm specializing in campaign and non-profit fundraising. Carly began her fundraising career in 2013 as a finance coordinator and assistant to the president of The Larrison Group and finance director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 2014 cycle – an historic election in which Republicans picked up nine seats and became the majority party.
During her time at The Larrison Group, Carly worked on the national and D.C. fundraising teams for Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) and Sen. Rob Portman (Ohio), as well as Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s (Tenn.) successful run for Senate in 2018. In addition to her work with members of congress, she coordinated with the firm’s president to advise private sector clients on political strategy during the 2014, 2016 and 2018 cycles.
Carly gained experience in non-profit fundraising and management when The Larrison Group established and organized The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation, founded in 2015 with the mission to preserve the legacy of the longest-serving Republican senator and promote bipartisan problem-solving among current and future policymakers.
Carly graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University with a BA in International Studies focusing on Latin American history and politics. A Chicago native, Carly is a fan of podcasts and recently fulfilled her lifelong dream of getting her motorcycle license.