Throughout his career, Neil has led a diverse range of projects in a variety of capacities. His unique blend of skills spanning higher education, municipal government, and private sector development allows him to undertake unique projects that are not typical in the market.
At ASU, Neil was involved in the creation of new public-private partnerships which resulted in the successful development of more than 2,000 beds of student housing on ASU ground-leased parcels across three separate campuses, plus the development of two dining facilities within those same partnerships. He was project lead on ASU’s efforts to successfully attract the largest single office project in Arizona history – a 2-million square foot regional headquarters for State Farm Insurance, also on ASU-owned property. Neil was instrumental in forging numerous successful P3s allowing ASU to repurpose several underperforming assets which benefitted both the university and the surrounding community.
Prior to his tenure at ASU, Neil spent 12 years with the City of Tempe, leading redevelopment and revitalization efforts for the city. During this time Neil created and managed numerous large-scale public-private partnerships within the city and worked on a wide range of issues including brownfield redevelopment, urban revitalization, neighborhood economic development, affordable housing, and historic preservation.
Neil has earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning and an MBA, both from Arizona State University.