Since 1994, Neal has served as Chief Executive Officer of the global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps. Under his leadership, Mercy Corps has grown into one of the most respected international relief and development agencies in the world, with ongoing operations in more than 40 countries, a team of over 5500, and global revenue of $500 million. Fast Company ranked Mercy Corps one of the most innovative social-change organizations in the world and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof calls Mercy Corps “a first-rate aid group.”
Neal holds a B.A. in Public Policy and Religion from Duke University, a master’s degree in Public and Private Management (M.P.P.M.) from Yale University, and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Portland State University. A former trustee of the Yale Corporation, Neal remains very involved with the University, serving on the Yale President’s Council on International Affairs and the Board of Advisers of the Yale School of Management (SOM). Neal is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Millennium Challenge Corporation Advisory Board, and the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System. Neal lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife, Alissa, an Oregon state representative. They have three adult children.