Neil serves as a thought partner and trusted advisor to the president, who leads major special events, facilitates president-initiated projects, and manages human resources. Neil proactively identifies opportunities and supports efficient communication across the museum as the principal liaison to the board of directors. He advocates for expanding the museum’s outreach to new immigrants of Asian descent and the Asian LGBTQ community through two initiatives, “Fashioning MOCA” and “MOCA PRIDE.”
Neil started his MOCA journey as a collections intern in 2015 and rejoined the museum in 2018. In the interim, he became a burgeoning museum professional and historian with specialties in 20th- and 21st-century fashion and a specific focus on contemporary Asian art. He was the curator of costume for the touring exhibition Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, produced by Semmel Concerts Entertainment GmbH and Marvel Entertainment, and a curatorial researcher at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute’s spring 2017 exhibition Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between and the spring 2016 exhibition Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology.
Neil is quadrilingual, speaking English, Cantonese, Mandarin, and basic Japanese. He holds an MA in fashion studies from Parsons School of Design, The New School; a BA with honors in fashion and textile management from Nottingham Trent University in the UK; a certificate in fashion curation from the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; and a certificate of human resource management from SHRM. Neil is an at-large steering committee member of the LGBTQ Alliance of the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) and a contributor to the LGBTQ Welcoming Guidelines for Museums. He was the awardee of the AAM’s 2017 Annual Fellowship of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion.