Neil O. Albert
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
Neil Albert will join the Fenty Administration as the
District of Columbia's deputy mayor for Planning and Economic
Development, bringing an extensive record of public service with him.
Neil Albert is founding president and CEO of EdBuild, an
educational services firm working to increase the number of
high-performing schools in Washington, D.C. Before serving as EdBuild's
CEO, Albert served the residents of the District of Columbia as deputy
mayor for Children, Youth, Families and Elders and director of DC Parks
and Recreation, following short terms as deputy director for operations
and interim director of the agency. Albert has held public sector
executive management positions for more than 15 years.
As deputy mayor, Albert developed partnerships with
community and faith-based organizations, corporations and other District
agencies to coordinate services in support of youth and families;
increasing resources for homeless and early childhood services and
developing the framework for the District's youth development strategy.
As director of Parks and Recreation, Albert effectively
served the District of Columbia residents and brought his knowledge,
experience, stability and credibility to the department after years of
low morale, crumbling infrastructure and low performance. Albert was
responsible for the largest number of new facilities in the history of
the District of Columbia including 17 recreation centers, 7 parks, 11
swimming pools, 58 playgrounds, 24 ball fields, 40 tennis and basketball courts.
Albert served as a member of the DC Sports and
Entertainment Commission working to improve neighborhood recreation and
sports programs. In this role, he fostered an environment of
accountability and a focus on results that has changed the way that
government services are delivered, and has raised the expectations of
District residents from infants to senior citizens. He strengthened
youth and social service programs and achieved top national
certification for all 21 child care centers under his control.
Before his public service in Washington, D.C., Albert
served for five years as the director of Nonprofit Assistance Programs
for the Fund of the City of New York where he led that foundation's
management consulting practice to New York City nonprofit agencies.
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.
Albert holds a master of business administration in
finance from the New York Institute of Technology and is involved in
many social issues through membership on the boards of nonprofit
organization and through his volunteer work.