I’m Neil. This website is a repository for my writing–personal or professional–from the various places where my writing has lived. Welcome!
I am a researcher and writer trained in public policy analysis. My passion is for urban social policy, ranging from housing to transportation to gun control. Government has cracks in it, through which far too many people and good ideas are slipping. I’m here to help fix those cracks by re-thinking how we deliver public goods and services.
I’m also crazy about soccer, speak German, and am a classically trained brass musician. I live in Brooklyn. You can reach me at:
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I currently work as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Citizens Housing & Planning Council. Among other work at CHPC, I lead our Making Neighborhoods project on how demographic shifts are changing throughout the New York metro region.
Prior to joining CHPC, I was a Research Assistant at the NYU Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, where I did a lot of research and writing for the many projects Furman has going on. I have experience in the federal government as well: while working in the office of the late U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, I wrote policy memos on high-speed rail and the relationship of immigration to Social Security solvency, as well as a white paper on gun control. As an undergrad, I served as an intern at the U.S. Department of State, where I wrote new editions of the Foreign Service Institute’s guides to the German-speaking countries.
I have worked in the private sector, too. My first job after college was as a research analyst at Glass Lewis & Co., where I created reports on the corporate governance of large Swiss, German, and Austrian firms. I also served in community development and fundraising roles at Forestdale, a social service agency in Queens, and the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Away from the office, I am active in my community. Since December 2016, I’ve been on the steering committee for the #GetOrganizedBK movement, where I co-facilitate a working group on civic action. I also currently serve on the Community Advisory Board for a recently opened family shelter in my neighborhood. Before that, I volunteered in the first five years (2011-16) of the Participatory Budgeting (PB) initiative of the New York City Council for the district where I live (#39). I served as a budget delegate and facilitator for the transit committee and on the district-wide steering committee.
I combine my love of writing with my interest in public policy (and sometimes sports!) and my modest skills in mapping and data visualization as a Blog Editor for the Brooklyn Quarterly magazine.
Along with a couple friends, I’m working to build an online encyclopedia for public policy called PolicyAtlas. Take a look and get involved if you’re interested!
I’m also a musician. I studied classical music as a euphonium player, but realizing that the need for amateur euphoniumists in New York was…meager, taught myself to play guitar after college.
I was a 2014 Fellow of the New Leaders Council, an independent organization that aims to train young, progressive people to be civic leaders.
I have a Master of Public Administration degree from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University, where my thesis examined the capital budgeting policy of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. My undergraduate degrees are a B.A. in Government and Politics and a B.S. in International Business from the University of Maryland.