Joan Neal

Strategic Advisor and Senior Government Relations Fellow

Joan provides strategic planning and organizational strategy advice to NETWORK and lobbies Congress on policy issues. She has a deep well of experience in organizational development, strategy, and management, gained over a career in the financial services and non-profit sectors. Joan has been a leader in the following positions: Executive Vice President of U.S. Operations at Catholic Relief Services including the Policy and Advocacy department, Vice President and Chief Planning Officer at Cabrini College, and President of a Retail Banking Center. Furthermore, she manages her own consulting practice that specializes in strategic planning and organizational development for non-profits, especially faith-based organizations.

Where she find inspiration for her work:

  • NETWORK’s commitment to public policy for the common good
  • NETWORK’s example of living the principles it advocates for
  • NETWORK’s intentional efforts to create space for voices not often heard

What she loves outside of NETWORK:

  • books
  • stimulating conversation
  • helping others to discover how to be more effective and successful, professionally and personally

Originally from: Chicago

Why she likes D.C.: Because the city is filled with history and influence.