Board President Named to List of “Most Powerful Women”
Board of Education President Patricia O’Neill has been named one of the 100 most powerful women by Washingtonian magazine, joining other regional and national leaders on the prestigious list. Mrs. O’Neill and others on the list will be honored at a luncheon on November 18, in Washington, D.C.
“I am surprised and honored to be recognized by Washingtonian magazine and be included on such a prestigious list of accomplished people who have made a significant impact on our region and our nation,” said Mrs. O’Neill. “It is a privilege to serve this community and advocate for the outstanding students, staff and families of Montgomery County Public Schools.”
The 100 Most Powerful Women list—a part of the November issue of Washingtonian—includes honorees in several categories, including local, national and international political leaders and those who serve in leadership positions in business, education, law, the arts, media, medicine and religion. Mrs. O’Neill is joined on the list by several other educational leaders in the region, including Karen Garza, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools; Kaya Henderson, chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College; and Charlene Dukes, president of Prince George’s Community College.
Mrs. O’Neill has been a member of the Montgomery County Board of Education for 17 years, making her the second longest-serving elected member in Board history. She is currently serving as Board president for the fifth time and has also served as Board vice president five times.
Mrs. O’Neill is a graduate of Walter Johnson High School and has a degree in social science from Southern Methodist University. She is married and has two daughters who graduated from MCPS.