Neil O. Albert
Neil O. Albert is currently chair of the Facilities Committee of the District of Columbia Library Board of Trustees.
Neil Albert is also a senior policy advisor in Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Practice Group. Mr. Albert brings more than 20 years of public and private sector executive management experience and has a vast network of contacts in the construction, education, real estate, land use, transportation and government sectors.
Immediately before joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Albert served as city administrator for the District of Columbia in the administration of Mayor Fenty. In this position, Mr. Albert ran the district's day-to-day government operations, provided oversight and guidance to all District government agencies and quasi-government agencies, and was responsible for establishing and implementing policies and strategies that guided government operations. Prior to his appointment to this position, he served as the deputy mayor for planning and economic development in the Fenty Administration, where he was responsible for developing and executing the district's economic development strategy and managing a development pipeline worth more than $13 billion in public-private housing, retail, office and parks projects throughout the district. Mr. Albert was also responsible for the district's efforts to create and preserve affordable housing and oversaw business attraction and retention initiatives.
Prior to joining the Fenty Administration in 2007, Mr. Albert was co-founder and CEO of EdBuild, an educational services firm working to increase the number of high performing schools in the district. Before assuming his role as EdBuild's CEO, Mr. Albert served residents of the district as deputy mayor for children, youth, families and elders and director of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation.
Before his public service in Washington, D.C., Mr. Albert served for five years as the director of nonprofit assistance programs for the Fund for the City of New York, where he led that foundation's management consulting practice to New York City government and nonprofit agencies. Mr. Albert also served as director of contract agency finance for the New York City Department of Youth Services, where he was responsible for managing the financial, accounting and technical assistance functions required for the disbursement of more than $64 million in city and state funds to more than 800 grantees.