Katy O’Neil is Vice President, Business Development and Client Relations, Northeast for Suffolk Construction. Ms. O’Neil joined Suffolk in May 2018 and is responsible for managing a team of business development professionals to develop and maintain relationships with Suffolk customers. In May 2019, she was promoted to a National role overseeing the Marketing Work Acquisition team, a group of individuals who produce proposals on behalf of Suffolk.
Prior to joining Suffolk, Ms. O’Neil was Executive Vice President for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, one of the region’s leading business associations. In this role, Ms. O’Neil had overall responsibility for programs & events, member retention, and business development, for this 1,500 member organization. She was responsible for the development of the Chamber’s Leadership Initiative which includes programs for senior executives, high-potential managers, and emerging women. As overseer of the Chamber’s primary revenue sources, she is also responsible for all sponsorship programming.
Ms. O’Neil worked at the Chamber for a total of 22 years, beginning immediately after college as an executive assistant to the president. Her area of responsibility quickly expanded, and after five years, she took a position with an Internet company managing its key client accounts, including William & Mary, the Democratic National Committee, Avon Products, and Sallie Mae, Inc. Ms. O’Neil rejoined the Chamber in 2001 as a member of the senior management team.
A graduate of the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson, Ms. O’Neil holds a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Colby College.
Ms. O’Neil is active in local boards and non-profits. She is the former Chair of the Board of the Massachusetts March of Dimes, a Member of Mayor Walsh’s Women’s Workforce Council, Member of Board of Overseers for the Boch Center, a member of the Babson Boston Advisory Council and a Board Member for the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, UMASS Boston. She is an avid soccer player and runner, completing the 100th Boston Marathon. She lives in Duxbury, Massachusetts, with her husband and their three children.