Mrs. Patricia O'Neill was first elected to represent District 3 to the Montgomery County Board of Education in 1998. She was re-elected in 2002, 2006, 2010, and 2014.
Previously, she served five times as Board president and five times as vice president. Mrs. O’Neill is currently chair of the Board's Policy Management Committee. She also participated in the 2009 Harvard Public Education Leadership Project.
Mrs. O’Neill served as president and as a board member of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education (MABE) and served as co-chair of the Washington Area Boards of Education. She has served on numerous advisory committees for education-related issues, including the Maryland Blue Ribbon Panel on Teen Pregnancy and the Maryland Comparable HSA Task Force.
In 2017, Mrs. O'Neill received the Board of Education Distinguished Service Pioneer Award. In 2015, she was named as 100 Most Powerful Women by Washingtonian Magazine. In 2006, she was named by the Education Commission of the States as 100 District Leaders for Citizenship and Service Learning. She is a past winner of the MABE Charles Willis Award for outstanding school board service.
Prior to joining the Board, Mrs. O’Neill was a longtime PTA activist in the Walt Whitman Cluster who served in various volunteer and leadership roles.
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 are graduates of MCPS.