Kelly Erin O’Brien

CEO, Tendaji, LLC, a woman-owned, employee-driven service company based in Monterey, California.

Kelly Erin O’Brien is CEO of Tendaji, LLC, a woman-owned, employee-driven service company based in Monterey, California.  Tendaji aspires to fulfill its core principles of responsible business: Profit, Customer Service and Employee Equity, Respect for the Environment, Community Service and Transparency in Governance.  Continuous Improvement is a key process in the Company’s approach to Operations.  “Tendaji” is a Swahili expression, meaning, “makes things happen”. O’Brien was a founding partner and Chief Operating Officer of Sensortech Services LLC, a medical device logistics and program management services company.  O’Brien’s career includes Environmental Engineering Research and Management for University of Santa Clara, New United Motor Manufacturing Inc, and FMC Corporation, San Jose CA. As founding partner and Chief Information Systems Officer of Gaia Systems, Portola Valley CA, O’Brien designed and developed of Environmental Management GIS software and introduced two commercial products into the market. Between 1990 and 1996, O’Brien taught Environmental, Health and Safety Management at University of California, Berkeley and Santa Cruz Extension, Foothill–DeAnza Community College District, Cupertino, CA, Merritt College, Oakland, CA, Mission College, Santa Clara, CA and the Community College of San Francisco. She is Past President of the Board of Directors of KUSP 88.9 FM, Central Coast Public Radio. She was former on-air host of Life in the Fast Lane, a program that highlighted technologies that may end dependence on fossil fuels. O’Brien holds a Master of Liberal Arts (ALM), Sustainability and Environmental Management Program, Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with honors from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.