Patricia McNeil is an education researcher and consultant in Seattle, Washington, whose focus is on ways to improve the high school experience for young people.
In addition to her consulting work, Ms. McNeil served as executive director of the Denver Commission on Secondary School Reform in 2004–05. As an assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton administration, she created the New American High School initiative and led the department’s efforts on high school improvement and small learning communities. She also served as director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, executive director of the National Commission for Employment Policy, and legislative director for Congressman William A. Steiger of Wisconsin.
Ms. McNeil is a member of the board of directors of the American Community Partnership. She has authored numerous reports and articles on high school reform. Ms. McNeil is currently a PhD candidate in education leadership and policy development at the University of Washington in Seattle.