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Joe McNeely

NACEDA Board Member


Joe McNeely is a nationally known expert and consultant on community development and a veteran community organizer. He is currently president of Metroscape Development, a real estate development firm focused on Baltimore city. From 2006 to 2015, he served as the organizer and first Executive Director of the Central Baltimore Partnership. He was the founding executive of Baltimore’s South East Community Organization (SECO) and Southeast Community Development Corporation before serving at the national level in the Carter Administration. He then was for 20 years the President of the nationwide Development Training Institute (DTI), which national columnist Neal Peirce called “the country’s premier trainer of CDC (Community Development Corporation) leaders.” He Co-facilitator of the Weinberg Fellows program for nonprofit executives at the University of Baltimore’s Schaefer Center. He has written extensively on community development including, Community Economic Development for Social Workers, a textbook in the field published by Columbia University Press. Joe serves on many boards including the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations (NACEDA). His work in middle neighborhoods goes back to the founding of the fourth NHS in Baltimore in 1974 includes. more recently he is one of the authors in On the Edge: America’s Middle Neighborhoods.