Neill Coleman is the Founder and Principal of Mission Magnified Consulting, working with social-purpose organizations and companies to achieve their goals through philanthropy, partnerships and communications. Neill has shaped and implemented social change strategies in foundations, government, the private sector and non-profits. He believes in, and has demonstrated, the power of cross-sector collaboration to achieve impact. Mission Magnified clients include The Rockefeller Foundation, The Oak Foundation, The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Slum Dwellers International, the Network of European Foundations and Trinity Church Wall Street.
Neill currently serves as Chief Philanthropy Officer at Trinity Church Wall Street, leading the Grants & Mission Investing team. Trinity is a growing and inclusive Episcopal parish that awards over $10 million a year in grants in New York City and globally. Neill leads Trinity’s philanthropic initiatives on housing & homelessness, racial justice, leadership development and building financial capacity for mission.
From 2012 to 2017 Neill was Vice President for Global Communications at The Rockefeller Foundation, where he created and managed a $10 million per annum grants portfolio that deployed the funding of journalism, film, storytelling and campaigns to shift narratives and influence decision-makers. As part of the Foundation’s centennial year in 2013 Neill designed and launched 100 Resilient Cities – a $160 million effort to support 100 cities worldwide in developing a resilience strategy and then accessing private-sector funding for implementation. As head of the Foundation’s communications team in New York, Nairobi and Bangkok, Neill positioned The Rockefeller Foundation as a globally-recognized leader in the new fields of impact investing and resilience.
During the first term of the Obama Administration Neill served as Chief External Affairs Officer at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he helped communicate the Obama Administration’s response to the housing crisis and repositioned HUD as a source of innovative policy.
Before assuming the leadership of HUD’s Office of Public Affairs in 2009, Neill served for four years as Assistant Commissioner for Communications at the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and as Director of Communications for the New York League of Conservation Voters. He also managed North American communications for the global architecture firm RMJM.
Neill serves as President of the Board of the Stonewall Community Foundation, the only public foundation focused on the needs of New York’s LGBTQ community. In this role Neill has focused on governance and championing the ways that a foundation can add value for grantees in addition to a grant check, including leadership development, strategic advice and connections to other donors. Neill is also a board member of Philanthropy New York, an organization of more than 280 funders to advance effective, strategic philanthropy.
Neill is a native of Glasgow, Scotland and has a M.A. in Modern History from the University of Oxford. Neill and his husband Danny live in Hells Kitchen, New York City with their dog Rufus.