As the CEO, Neel is excited every day by the opportunity to lead AAACF’s staff and board in their collective efforts to maximize community impact – work for which he has earned both statewide and national recognition. After obtaining his JD from the University of Michigan Law School, Neel worked as a corporate attorney at Ford Motor Company. It was during a one-year sabbatical from Ford that Neel developed his passion for supporting the community through the nonprofit sector. That sabbatical turned into a nine year tenure at Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW), including two years as NEW’s President & CEO. During this time, he led all aspects of NEW’s development efforts, services, and operations, supporting more than 400 nonprofits per year. Since joining AAACF’s staff in 2011 and becoming CEO in 2015, Neel continues his intense focus on producing positive change in Washtenaw County, where he was born and raised. He also helps develop the nonprofit field through a graduate course he teaches at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy.
What’s your favorite thing to do in Washtenaw County?
What I can help you with:
Kayaking with my family down the Huron River. When you’re raising three teenagers, it’s nice to have time to disconnect and enjoy being together.
Understanding AAACF’s organizational direction
- Talking about the needs and aspirations of our community and philanthropy’s role
- Conversations about our Washtenaw County impact