Eileen O’Neill is the Executive Director of the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international organization of water quality professionals headquartered in Alexandria, Va.
Dr. O’Neill was appointed WEF’s Executive Director in January 2014. She had previously worked with the Federation for more than 20 years in a variety of positions, having had responsibility for oversight of WEF’s technical, international, and communications programs, and also having served as the organization’s chief technical officer before becoming deputy executive director in late 2011.
Before joining WEF, Dr. O’Neill worked as an academic and in environmental consulting in the U.S. and in Europe. She has a B.S. in soil science from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (U.K.) and a Ph.D. in soil science from the University of Aberdeen (U.K.). Dr. O'Neill undertook a postdoctoral traineeship in environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.