Eileen Bloodgood Maler has been manager of McKnight’s Neuroscience program since 2008. In this role she oversees a $3.8 million budget, coordinates three award programs, and organizes an annual conference.

In 2016, Maler 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.

Maler 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. Maler holds a BA in music from George Mason University and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas. She has lived in Minneapolis since 1992.