Thomas M. O’Neill

B.A. degree in political science, Wesleyan University

Tom O’Neill is a consultant with a practice that includes policy analysis and advocacy, organizational development, board development, and group process. He directed a federal research contract on voting in the 2004 election for the Eagleton Institute.

O’Neill helped found in 1984 and then served for 20 years as president of The Partnership for New Jersey, an association of chief executives from corporations, non-profits and higher education. He created and led its Leadership New Jersey program and guided the development of urban leadership programs in Newark and Trenton. Before joining the Partnership, he had served as president of The Center for Analysis of Public Issues in Princeton, where he launched and edited its monthly magazine, New Jersey Reporter. During that period he was an analyst for New Jersey Network News and hosted Mainstream, a public-affairs interview program on WNET – Channel 13.

Earlier in his career, O’Neill was a lecturer and research staff member at the Center for Environmental Studies of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Princeton University, served in senior positions with the NJ Department of Environmental Protection, and directed the Governor’s Task Force on Energy during the 1973 oil embargo. O’Neill received a BA with honors in political science at Wesleyan University and did his graduate work at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He served with the U. S. Army Intelligence Corps in Berlin, Germany during the crisis following the building of the Wall. He is a trustee of The Stony Brook – Millstone Watershed Association.


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