Loyola High School of Los Angeles, the oldest secondary school in Southern California, announced that Fr. E. Joseph O’Keefe, S.J., was named associate director of advancement. In his new position, Fr. O’Keefe will work closely with alumni and current seniors to assist with endowment and operational support, as well as alumni participation through class gatherings and other events at the Jesuit high school.
“Fr. O’Keefe’s Jesuit roots, his hands-on knowledge of Loyola High School’s academic and community service programs as well as his public administration career makes him an ideal addition to the Advancement department,” said William Slocum, executive director of advancement. “As we continue to improve facilities to broaden learning and support Loyola’s mission of men for others, Fr. O’Keefe’s contribution will be essential to our success.”
A Boston native, Fr. O’Keefe worked in the Massachusetts state government for more than two decades. In addition to serving as a legislative aide, the chief of staff for a state senator and as a senior staff member for the president of the Boston City Council, Fr. O’Keefe also worked for the Massachusetts Department of Economic Development. In 2006, while serving as Chief of Staff to the Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs for the Governor Mitt Romney’s administration, Fr. O’Keefe entered the Society of Jesus. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 8.
After his novitiate from 2006 -2008, Fr. O’Keefe taught AP Government and Politics at Loyola from 2008-2010 as well as working closely with Loyola’s Community Service department. In addition to his masters in business administration from Suffolk University in Boston, he recently earned a master of divinity degree while also pursuing a masters in educational administration degree from the University of San Francisco. He is also currently assisting with Sunday Masses at St. Brendan’s Church in Hancock Park.