Garrett - Maryland Catholic Conference

Garrett J. O'Day, Esq.

Deputy Director

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Garrett O’Day joined the Maryland Catholic Conference in June 2013.  He was named Deputy Director in July 2018.    

A New York native, Garrett graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Political Science from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He then went on to earn a Juris Doctor degree from California Western School of Law. Prior to joining the Maryland Catholic Conference, O’Day practiced law at a private, multidisciplinary New York law firm. He is admitted to the Maryland, New York and the District of Columbia bars, as well as the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.  

Among other topic areas, Garrett focuses on the dynamic issues surrounding education law and policy in Maryland, in overseeing the Department of Education, Children & Families. He most notably advises on policies that promote the success and wellbeing of Maryland’s families and children, including the approximately 50,000 students attending the state’s Catholic schools. Garrett also concurrently serves as Vice President of the state chapter of the national Council for American Private Education, Maryland CAPE. 

Through his roles, Garrett has played an integral part in securing millions of dollars in state funding for educational options scholarships for lower-income students. He has also helped lawmakers with school resource, technology and safety initiatives that have made for safer, more productive school days for tens of thousands of students annually. Garrett works closely with state agencies to implement those programs. Additionally, he has focused other efforts on policies that have assisted Maryland’s youth, including assistance for students experiencing food-insecurity and homelessness, those in foster care, and those navigating the criminal justice system.

Garrett serves on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Federal Assistance Advisory Commission and the Maryland State Early Childhood Advisory Council, and has served as school board chair at St. Philip Neri School and as an adjunct professor of education law through Mount St. Mary’s University. He enjoys golf, football or anything else sports-related and has an affinity for all types of music. He lives with his wife and children in Annapolis.