After working with elected leaders, public servants, developers, and advocates, Sam O’Neil was inspired to become an innovator for the community.
O’Neil is vice president at a Columbia-based consulting firm specializing in placemaking and economic development strategies for anchor institutions, including the University of Maryland, College Park. She implements the Greater College Park initiative, which involves attracting innovative companies to locate in the university’s Discovery District.
Previously, she served in the office of Howard County Executive Ken Ulman as a special assistant and developed a social media strategy for Howard County government.
She also ran the Healthy Howard Initiative in 2007. The Healthy Schools program now reaches more than 50,000 students and is part of ongoing policies and programs that lived on past Ulman’s administration.
“I am so proud to have played a role in laying the groundwork for Howard County to become a model public health community,” O’Neil said.
She was a founding board member of Girls on the Run, and chaired the fund development committee, where she led the process on grant applications and helped expand corporate scholarships for the program and 5K events.