Profile: Daniel O'Neill

MPA 2010 Senior Public Health Consultant with the Department of Health

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Danny has worked in state and federal government for the past 7 years where he currently serves as a Senior Public Health Consultant and the Department of Health. Before working for the Department of Health Danny served, with his wife Breezie, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize working with a Mayan school on their food security program. Danny is driven by a desire to serve others. This dedication to public service specifically relates to an MPA from Evergreen, which imparts a deontological ethic towards serving others. Danny decided to abandon a much more lucrative career in law because of this passion, and that has carried over greatly to his desire to serve the developing world. During their time in the Peace Corps, Danny and Breezie spent time living with destitute families that opened their homes, sharing their stories and their lives. “When they had nothing to eat, they would feed us. When they had nowhere to sleep, we got their beds. It was awe inspiring and humbling beyond words”.

“The most valuable resource I got from MPA was project management. The MPA specifically taught me important management techniques for project planning and mapping, working with difficult stakeholders, and negotiating appropriate terms for group projects. It also taught me to be a bit more open-minded, not always assume I had the right answer right away, and to spend more time listening than talking (not easy for a former Pre-Law student from a stuffy private school). This has advanced me personally and professionally more than I ever imagined, especially working in the development field. Challenge yourself to understand the opinions of others. As it turns out, life is a group project. To anyone looking into the program, come check out some classes, visit with the students, and see if you can prepare for the work-life-school balance. The MPA is a respected program and will open many doors to you personally and professionally. Studying PA in a state capital is an invaluable resource”.