Alison T. McNeil

Arts & Culture Advocate, Dreamer, Change Agent in Washington, DC

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For more than 15 years, Alison T. McNeil has worked in performing arts and education to strengthen operations and lead cross-functional change efforts. Her efforts inform policy, secure grants, and form strategic partnerships to expand equity and access for women, emerging leaders, and communities of color. She founded McNeil Creative Enterprises (MCE) to contribute to the strategic innovation, visibility and growth of arts & culture in communities. An artist at her core, she firmly believes that the arts are a transformative experience that should be accessible to all.

Recently appointed Arts Commissioner for the Arlington Commission for the Arts, Alison has served as a thought leader on numerous boards, panels, and advisory committees such as the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Step Afrika, Plural, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Alexandria Commission for the Arts and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy to advance the arts. Alison is also a partner and co-founder of Third Eye Cultural Collaborative, a complimentary social enterprise dedicated to delivering organizational development services to small to mid sized arts organizations. She also co-founded of Women of Color in the Arts.

She earned her BA in Sociology from Hampton University and a MA in Educational Leadership from American University. To connect with Alison, email her at alison@mcearts.com or follow MCE on Twitter at MCEArts.

  • Work
    • McNeil Creative Enterprises
  • Education
    • Hampton University
    • American University