Neil spent 15 years working on and around Capitol Hill in senior staff positions in the House of Representatives. His work has shaped important legislation, influenced policy outcomes, and advanced key debates in Congress.
Neil is a contributor to The Daily Caller and The Hill where he writes for Beltway and national audiences about the inside game on Capitol Hill. He is a volunteer faculty member of the Leadership Institute where he helps educate the next generation of political leaders. Before joining Hilltop Advocacy, Neil was director of government relations for FreedomWorks, a network of nearly 6 million grassroots conservatives. In that capacity, he was responsible for helping to design and execute the organization’s legislative agenda.
As a senior member of staff for several members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Neil has worked under pressure and significant time constraints to draft legislation, amendments, and impact the legislative process. He has a strong track record of executing strategies that have led to successful outcomes in the House. This included providing strategic advice to members and staff, directing legislative and policy research, working with committee and leadership staff, and speechwriting. He has successfully managed legislative staff to help members of Congress achieve their goals.
Neil has prepared members of the House for committee hearings by developing questions to ask witnesses, preparing opening statements, and advising members through mark ups involving complex topics. He has also prepared executive branch witnesses for contentious congressional hearings and briefings, including leading mock hearings, preparing statements, and anticipating potential questions from members.
Neil monitored activity on the floor of the House to identify opportunities for members to shape debates and use House rules to impact legislative action and shape policy. He has helped build and worked with diverse coalitions of stakeholders, both on and off Capitol Hill, to advance legislative agendas and communicate with grassroots and congressional audiences.
During his time in the House, Neil also served as an appropriations legislative assistant for a chairman of a House appropriations subcommittee. Through that experience, he obtained a deep and specialized knowledge of the complicated appropriations process at the subcommittee, committee, and House floor level. He managed issues related to funding bills and amendments, and has a unique understanding of how the appropriations machinery can impact every level of the federal government.
As a congressional liaison at the Department of Homeland Security for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Neil was deployed to New Orleans as Liaison Unit Lead for External Affairs in the Joint Information Center for the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In that capacity, Neil provided analysis of information about the event and communicated relevant information to FEMA headquarters and to congressional stakeholders.
Education: B.A., The American University, School of International Service, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; M.Phil., University of Cambridge, Magdalene College; J.D., College of William and Mary School of Law.