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Maura O'Neill

Maura O'Neill

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BA, magna cum laude, Environmental Studies, University of Washington, 1977
MBA, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
MBA, Columbia University, 2005
PhD, Interdisciplinary (Psychology, Biology, and Business), University of Washington, 2009

Positions Held

At Haas since 2005
2005 - present, Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley
2014, Lecturer, School of Engineering, Stanford University
2014, Lecturer, Columbia University
2010 - 2013, Senior Counselor and Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development
2009, Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, Energy and Climate for Under Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture
2008 - 2009, Chief of Staff, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell, U.S. Senate
2006 - 2008, Lecturer, Columbia University
2005 - 2008, Chairman, Fourteen40 (
1999 - 2001, Chairman and CEO,
1995 - 1997, President and CEO, ConneXt

External Service and Assignments

• Vice Chair, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women
• Guest Curator, Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
• External Advisor, PATH for the Global Innovation Countdown 2030
• Member, Clinton Global Initiative

Current Research and Interests

• Innovation: How does disruptive innovation occur
• Women: Factors that influence/improve women’s employment and entrepreneurship globally

Selected Papers and Publications

• Disruptive Innovation Often Comes From Unexpected Places
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• Fisman, Raymond, and Maura O'Neill. "Gender and Workplace Perceptions Around the World: Evidence from the World Values Survey." Journal of Human Resources 44, no. 4 (2009): 858-870


• New Venture Finance (2014)

Honors and Awards

  • Businessperson of the Year, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1989
  • North American Participant, NATO Advanced Study Institute on Energy Efficiency and Utility Industry, Portugal, 1987
  • Environmental Excellence Award, Rotary Club of Seattle, 1992
  • Academic: PhD nominated for top dissertation across all departments and schools (2009); Columbia University Distinguished Service Award (2004); University of California, Berkeley Haas School of business- Dean’s Council of Student Presidents, Haas Community Fellow & Graduation Speaker
  • Beta Gamma Sigma (Academic business honor society)

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