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Alison McNeil

Alison McNeil

Advisor & Senior Teaching Fellow
Strategy & Positioning, Evaluation for Nonprofits

Alison leads with the intention of creating resources, highlighting blind spots, removing roadblocks and designing roadmaps for individuals and organizations in the arts and culture sector. Her background includes nonprofit management, grantmaking and program evaluation. Previously named a 40 Under 40 Honoree by the Leadership Center for Excellence for her work in the arts & culture field, Alison’s efforts have informed policy, fortified leadership, secured grants and formed partnerships that expand equity and access for women, emerging leaders and communities of color. Every effort she’s contributed to is in service to the communities noted above including launching McNeil Creative Enterprises and co-founding Third Eye Cultural Collaborative, Women of Color in the Arts (WOCA), and the Maynor Biggers Artist Fund. She’s authored articles on evaluability assessment and previously served as an Arlington Arts Commissioner. She regularly serves as a thought leader for grant funding and conference panels including the Heinz Endowments, Association of Performing Arts Professionals, Americans for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, the Arts Council of Fairfax County and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Alison earned her BA in Sociology from Hampton University and a MA in Educational Leadership from American University.

Teaching Fellow for Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy