Senior Vice President
Global Government Affairs and Sustainability
Michelle O'Neill is Senior Vice President, Global Government Affairs and Sustainability for Alcoa Corporation. She heads the company’s government affairs function, leading a network of professionals in 10 countries. In addition, she has overarching responsibility for driving sustainability across the company’s portfolio of businesses, and oversees the Alcoa Foundation, one of the oldest corporate foundations in the US, with the mission of investing where Alcoa has a presence, partnering with communities to address local needs in a sustainable manner. Michelle is also a member of Alcoa’s Executive Team that sets the strategic direction of the company.
Before the separation of Alcoa Corporation from Alcoa Inc., Michelle was Vice President, Government Affairs and Trade Policy, serving as the company’s top government liaison executive in Washington, D.C., and leading all federal, state government affairs activities for the Western Hemisphere. Michelle also was responsible for international trade policy supporting Alcoa's global businesses.
Prior to joining Alcoa in 2012, Michelle worked for the U.S. government, having served as Deputy Under-Secretary of Commerce for International Trade since 2005. In this position, she oversaw the daily operations of the International Trade Administration (ITA), whose mandate is to promote the competitiveness of U.S. businesses at home and abroad. She managed an annual budget of $500 million and led over 2,300 employees worldwide. Over the course of her government career, Michelle was active on critical trade and commercial issues affecting the U.S. economy, ranging from addressing market access barriers for U.S. firms in China, Russia and Europe to helping U.S. companies expand their export markets. She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including a 2012 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award, the nation's highest civil service award for outstanding achievement in public service. In 2015, Michelle was named to Diversity Journal’s Women Worth Watching. Michelle also serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Aluminum Association, the first woman to serve in this capacity in the 84-year history of the U.S. aluminum industry trade organization.
Michelle earned a bachelor’s degree from Sweet Briar College and a Master’s from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.