Brandon Neal is a subject matter expert in executive management, political strategy, corporate social responsibility, fundraising, organizational and business development problem-solving and is one of the country’s leading strategic planners, with a strong passion for advocacy in both the public and private sectors. A past Senior Executive Service (SES) member in the federal government, who served as an Advisor to Presidential Cabinet Members, and President and CEOs of national political and non-profit organizations, candidates and campaigns on all levels. Read More >
He serves as the National Political Director at the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC. In this capacity, he oversees the implementation of the national political of the Democratic Party for both the Presidential and Down Ballot races.
Prior to the DNC, he was in the Obama Administration as Senior Advisor to the US Secretary of Transportation, as the Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). As a Senior Executive Service (SES) member and a part of US Department of Transportation’s key leadership team, he provided management and direction on contracting opportunities throughout USDOT with the business community.
He was responsible for ensuring that Small Businesses were treated fairly and had an opportunity to compete and be selected for a fair amount of the Agency's contracting and subcontracting dollars. He works directly with Small Businesses (SB), Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB), 8(a) firms, Woman-Owned Businesses (WOB), Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUB Zone) Businesses, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (VOSB), Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE).
As a seasoned professional in problem-solving and program management, he Chaired the Secretary's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Taskforce. The DBE Taskforce is an internal entity comprised of DOT's Senior Leadership. The Taskforce is designed to create oversight, accountability, and enforcement for the Department's small/minority-owned business efforts.
He also served on the USDOT Credit Council and Short Term Loan Lending Program Board, as well as, the White House Interagency Task Force on Federal Contracting Opportunities for Small Businesses, Strategic Acquisition Council, Small Business Advisory Procurement Council, Federal Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Directors' Interagency Council, Inaugural International Policy Committee, and Veteran Small Business Council.
Under his leadership at USDOT, he was instrumental in USDOT receiving an 'A' rating from the Small Business Administration (SBA) in successfully reaching its small business goals under this Administration for (8) eight consecutive years, as well as, receiving the SBA's distinguished Gold Star Award.
He created and successfully launched the DOT Women Girls Entrepreneurial Internship Program with Spelman College, the DOT Mentor Protégé Program, the Annual National Small Business Summit, the Bonding Education Program, the expansion of the Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRCS) across the country, and for broadening DOT's small business efforts through national programs, outreach, marketing, and match-making sessions.
Prior to his appointment, Brandon was a Finance Director at the Obama for America (OFA) Headquarters in Chicago. He was responsible for raising money from business leaders from across the country. He was also the liaison between CEOs of small and large businesses and worked closely with the members of the National Finance Committee (NFC), consisting of 300 CEOs and senior executives of small and large businesses. Prior to the Obama campaign, Brandon served at the Democratic Governors Association (DGA), under the leadership of Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius in Washington, DC. He was the Deputy Political Director and was promoted to Director of External Affairs. He was also instrumental in the successful win of the 28 Democratic Governors during the 2006 Election Cycle.
Formally, Brandon served as the youngest member of the senior leadership at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Baltimore, MD. He was a National Director and was responsible for developing, training and managing an advocacy agenda for over 70,000 members in the US, Germany, and Japan.
With experience in public service, national political and civic experience, Brandon has spent his adulthood in the DC Metropolitan area. He holds a BA from Howard University and a MPA from the School of Public Affairs at The American University. Read Less ^