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Maura O'Neill

Maura O'Neill
MBA 04

Chief Innovation Officer and Senior Counselor to the Administrator
U.S. Agency for International Development
Washington, D.C.

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After starting three companies and helping a classmate build a Web 2.0 textbook company, Maura O'Neill's career took a sharp turn when she became chief of staff to US Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Washington State Democrat whom O'Neill has known since 1992. As Cantwell's top aide, O'Neill organized Senate hearings on oil prices and is leading the charge on clean energy tax incentives.

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