Neil Kleiman is special advisor to the dean of New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where he focuses on creating new vehicles that bridge disparate disciplines within NYU and among NYU and other institutions.

He was most recently the director of policy and research at Living Cities, a collaborative of the nation's largest foundations and corporate philanthropies, where he produced reports on environmental sustainability, home foreclosure and public-private partnerships. In 2008, in partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School, he helped to create the Project on Municipal Innovation, which is currently the only forum in the country where mayoral advisors 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.