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Rod O’Connor is a Principal at The Messina Group where he advises C-suite clients and heads of government on a broad range of business, political, campaign and governmental issues. Previously he was Executive Vice President for AEG Worldwide overseeing AEG Europe’s network of venues and sports teams. During his time with the company he helped grow a division from two properties in Los Angeles to a global network of elite venues—including operations in London, Berlin, Beijing and Sydney—and worked alongside internationally recognized athletes, musicians and business leaders. From 2009-2011 he worked for President Obama as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where he directed the department’s principal initiatives and oversaw day-to-day operations. The agency had a workforce of 115,000 and an annual budget of $27 billion. During that tenure, DOE also invested an additional $35 billion in clean energy technologies above base budget. He was previously President of the XPRIZE Foundation, a privately-funded venture that creates multimillion dollar competitions to promote radical breakthroughs in technology. O’Connor was CEO of the 2004 and COO of the 2000 Democratic National Conventions in Boston and Los Angeles respectively. Early in his career, he spent four years as a White House, Senate and political aide to Vice President Al Gore. O’Connor holds an MPA from Harvard University and a BA from Hampden-Sydney College. He has served on the boards of both the XPRIZE and the Home Depot Center Foundation. He lives with his wife and three children in Washington DC.