Chairman, Global Public Affairs, Edelman
For Edelman, Neal manages a staff of professionals working on behalf of a number of major accounts, including DuPont, GSA, Pfizer, Walmart, United Way, GE, the National Association of Broadcasters, and others. Neal has directed programs for the World Wildlife Fund, MasterCard, Kaiser Permanente, Microsoft, Monsanto, The Scotts Company, Motion Picture Association of America, and the Biotechnology Industry Organization.
Neal has been intimately involved in developing communications support programs for high-profile and complex litigation. Neal has developed proactive and supportive programs in antitrust cases, asbestos liability, patent and trademark, international trade, consumer protection, and terrorist attacks. He has worked closely with litigators at some of the country's most prestigious law firms, including Clifford Chance, Hogan & Hartson, Williams & Connolly, Kilpatrick Stockton, and Sullivan & Cromwell. He was deposed as an expert witness in the case of Calvin Klein v. Linda Wachner.
Prior to joining Edelman, Neal served with the Clinton administration as deputy administrator of USDA's Food and Consumer Service, one of the government's largest agencies responsible for administering federal food and nutrition programs. Neal was also the director of communications of the House Select Committee on Hunger between 1989 and 1992, where he directed media and constituency group relations, planned hearings, national and international travel, and site visits to maximize media exposure on committee issues and initiatives.
He has worked in various capacities in several Democratic presidential campaigns; staged high-profile events that won national media exposure for key campaign themes as a press advance aide to both the Clinton and Dukakis campaigns, and was deputy press secretary and trip director with the Tsongas for President campaign in 1992. As director of radio and television services for the Democratic National Committee, he produced television and radio commercials, and special programming. Between 1984 and 1988, he was assistant superintendent of the House Radio-TV Correspondent's Gallery on Capitol Hill, working directly with the national reporters who cover Congress and politics.
Neal is a frequent guest lecturer on public relations strategies and strategic program development for conferences and professional organizations.
Last Updated: Feb 10, 2009