Neil Kleiman is deputy executive director of policy, research and evaluation for the National Resource Network. He also is a professor of practice and director of the Wagner Innovation Labs at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

He is a former director of policy and research at Living Cities, a collaborative of the nation's largest foundations and corporate philanthropies. In 2008, in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School, he helped to create the Project on Municipal Innovation, where mayoral advisers meet to learn about and begin implementing innovative policy reforms.

He began his career as the founding director of the Center for an Urban Future, a New York City-based think tank that has been the source of transition ideas for numerous mayoral and gubernatorial candidates and administrations.

He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the City University of New York. He has taught urban politics at Barnard College and John Jay College-CUNY and has been a visiting fellow at Williams College.