Faculty Spotlight: KENNETH NEALY HELPS COORDINATE AND FACILITATE HISTORIC VISIT BY THE CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS DELEGATION TO BEIJING, SHANGHAI AND HONG KONG
Ken Nealy, who teaches the Policy, Decision Making and Law and Intercultural Communication and Negotiations courses at the CIEE Shanghai Study Center, recently helped coordinate and facilitate a visit for a Congressional Black Caucus delegation from the US Congress to Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
The delegation had the opportunity to meet with Vice Premier Liu Yandong, the highest ranking female government official in China.
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Mr. Nealy has substantial management, advisory and communications experience in the public policy arena, gained during 10 years in the United States Congress, where he most recently served as Chief of Staff for a Member of Congress in the United States House of Representatives. Mr. Nealy’s advisory, training, coaching, management and communications experience also includes serving as Senior Appropriations Counsel for a Member of Congress from California, as Legislative Director for two Members of Congress from Maryland and Florida, and as Legislative Counsel for two other Members of Congress from Texas.
As Chief of Staff, Mr. Nealy managed a team of 20 senior staff members in Washington, DC and Indianapolis, Indiana, with an annual budget of $1.3 million. In addition, he served as the primary political, legislative, leadership and communications advisor to a Member of Congress who served on the Financial Services Committee, and was responsible for developing, implementing and managing the Member’s strategic legislative and political agendas and goals.
Mr. Nealy was born and raised in Houston, Texas. After his first year in law school, he clerked for a United States Magistrate Judge, and after his second year of law school, he served as a legislative intern in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs. After his White House internship and graduating from law school, Mr. Nealy moved to Washington, DC to serve as legislative counsel for a Member of Congress from Houston, Texas.
Mr. Nealy has lived primarily in Shanghai, China since 2003. While in Shanghai, he has served as the Congressional Affairs Advisor to the Maryland Center China, pro bono, where he coordinated and provided insight to Congressional staff delegations from the United States Congress, and as a professor at Fudan University, where he instructed Ph.D. candidates and faculty in public speaking, extemporaneous speaking and debating skills. Mr. Nealy has also lectured on a variety of topics at Fudan University Law School in Shanghai and Lanzhou University Law School in Gansu Province, and in 2010, he also delivered presentations to the Gansu Provincial Government Foreign Affairs Office staff in Lanzhou, China, Gansu Province.
In 2007, Mr. Nealy helped open the Shanghai office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, LLP, a top tier Wall Street based international law firm, where he served as the Marketing and Communications Manager in Shanghai. At Fried Frank, Mr. Nealy was responsible for developing market information, training lawyers and staff in communications skills and building the law library for the office. Previously, Mr. Nealy also served as the Training and Development Officer for Simmons & Simmons, LLP, a British based international law firm, where he provided in-house training, skills building and coaching for lawyers and staff in the firm’s Shanghai office.
In China, Mr. Nealy has also served as an advisor and coach to teams of senior executives and managers at Dell Computers throughout Asia. In this capacity, he provided organizational development consulting services as part of an advisory team, provided leadership training and management skills to senior executives, and provided coaching to mid-level management employees on how to effectively communicate with their counterparts in the United States and throughout the international supply chain. More recently, Mr. Nealy also served as a coach and consultant to a senior manager at Michelin Tires Headquarters in Shanghai. He has also served as an instructor and coach for executives and senior managers at several other multinational companies, including McCormick Seasoning (China).
In China, Ken was invited to participate as a delegate in the Gansu Provincial Government Fellowship at Lanzhou University, where he spent four months traveling throughout Gansu Province, learning about foreign direct investment projects, plans and opportunities in Central China.
Mr. Nealy currently serves as an adjunct professor at East China Normal University where he teaches courses on Policy, Decision Making and Law; and Intercultural Communications and Negotiations.