O’Neil A.A. Outar is a first-generation college student, educated in NY, NH, and MA. He holds a Master of Arts in Urban and Environmental Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts, both from Tufts University. As of 2018, O’Neil has served as Vice President of Institutional Engagement at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), where he has created innovative and successful fundraising advancements. O’Neil has extensive experience in the development and advancement field and has helped raise over $9 billion dollars for several institutions. Previous development positions have included Interim Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement at the University of Pittsburgh, Senior Associate Dean and Director of Development for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, the first Vice President for Advancement at the University of Alberta, and several similar roles at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology in various campaigns and at his alma mater, Tufts University. In addition to these roles, he is also a special advisor to The Guyana Foundation, a trustee of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, a Commonwealth Study Conference Leader, a Ditchley Scholar, a member of the World Economic Forum’s Knowledge Advisory Group, an MIT Leader-to-Leader Fellow, and a former member of the Board of Directors for Project Citizenship – where he now serves as an advisor and ambassador to the organization.

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