Eileen Heaphy serves on the Stamford, CT Board of Representatives where she is Deputy Majority Leader and Chair of the Legislative & Rules Committee. Prior to that, she also served as Executive Director of the World Affairs Forum and spent twenty-six years in the United States Foreign Service. While in the U.S. Foreign Service her overseas assignments included Costa Rica, Mexico, Spain and Denmark.
She served as the U.S. Consul General in Monterrey, Mexico, the country's key business and industrial center, and was named Honorary Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce of Mexico for her extraordinary service to the American business community in her region. She also served as the U.S. Consul in Bilbao, Spain, during the era of Basque terrorism and Spain's transition to democracy.
At the Department of State, Ms. Heaphy directed major bilateral affairs offices for Northern Europe, Western Europe, and Mexico. She headed the preparations for US participation in the United Nations Special Session on Drugs and led the US negotiating team for creating an OAS multilateral evaluation system on all facets of counter-narcotics cooperation in the Hemisphere. She was the recipient of three Superior Honor Awards during her diplomatic career. At the time of her retirement, she was the State Department's top ranking expert on US-Mexican relations.
She has authored articles on foreign affairs for the Hartford Courant, the Stamford Advocate, the Christian Science Monitor, and for the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think-tank. She speaks Spanish, Danish, and French. Professor Heaphy earned her Masters degree in International Relations at the American University’s School of International Service.