Eileen Bloodgood Maler began her current position as program manager for the Neuroscience program in 2008. She manages the neuroscience program’s $3.8 million budget and coordinates the three separate award programs and the program’s annual conference. In 2016, Eileen coordinated the 30th anniversary/annual conference of the Endowment Fund for Neuroscience, which was held in Minnesota for the first time in 20 years. Over 120 neuroscientists from around the country participated, including Nobel Laureate Richard Axel.
Eileen has been affiliated with the McKnight Foundation since 1998 when she was the Neuroscience program’s administrative assistant. She consulted off and on for the Foundation from 2001 through 2008, developing cluster review analyses of several grant areas and performing over 700 grantee accountability reviews. Eileen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from George Mason University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of St. Thomas. She has lived in Minneapolis since 1992.