Ms. O’Connor currently serves as the Assistant Chief for Child Welfare Services at the NC Division of Social Services. She provides leadership to development, implementation, and interpretation of local, state, and federal laws, policies, and practices related the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. Ms. O’Connor is directly responsible for the administration of community-based child maltreatment prevention services within and across the State’s child welfare continuum. Prior to her time at DSS, she served as the Community Based Programs Manager at the NC Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Ms. O’Connor holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University and a Master of Education with a specialization in Risk and Prevention for School-Age Children and Adolescents from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education. She is married to her husband Mike and together they have three children – Matthew (age 5), Erin (age 3) and Jack (age 1).