Neill McG. Coleman joined The Rockefeller Foundation in August 2012. As vice president, global communications, Neill led the Foundation’s communications team in New York, Bangkok, and Nairobi. The team developed a communications strategy that deployed the Foundation’s influence—its brand, reputation, knowledge, networks, and convening power—as a direct tool to achieve impact. Neill sat on the Executive Team and oversaw a multi-million dollar grant-making portfolio focused on leveraging the Foundation’s influence to build greater resilience and more inclusive economies.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Neill served as chief external affairs officer at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he helped communicate the Obama Administration’s response to the housing crisis. Before assuming the leadership of HUD’s Office of Public Affairs in 2009, Neill served as assistant commissioner for communications at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and as director of communications for the New York League of Conservation Voters. He also managed North American communications for the global architecture firm RMJM.
Neill is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and has a M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. He serves on the board of the Stonewall Community Foundation, the only public foundation focused on the needs of New York’s LGBTQ community.