Chris Neale, Assistant Commissioner, External Relations and Special Programs in the Workforce Development Division, NYC Department of Small Business Services

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Panelist Chris Neale

Chris Neale serves as Assistant Commissioner of External Relations and Special Programs in the Workforce Development Division of the NYC Department of Small Business Services. In this role, he manages key relationships with oversight and funding entities, including the New York State Department of Labor, the Center for Economic Opportunity, the Mayor’s Office of Human Capital Development and the NYC Workforce Investment Board. In addition, he oversees a number of strategic programs that supplement the work of the Workforce1 Career Centers. Prior to his current role, Chris was the Assistant Commissioner for Workforce1 Recruitment, responsible for overseeing the strategy and performance of the Workforce1 Career Centers in terms of recruiting, screening, and referring qualified candidates to our business customers.

Chris worked at SBS from 2004 to 2006, and then returned to SBS in 2007. In between his two "lives" at SBS, he served as the Director of Workforce Development for the Education & Youth Services Division at FEGS Health and Human Services System, a major nonprofit organization based in New York City. In that role, he managed several employment and education programs for young adults and oversaw the Division’s extensive internship program. 

Chris holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School and a B.A. from Stanford University.