Kimberly H. Neal, Esquire
General Counsel and Grant Relations Officer, The Children’s Guild, Inc.
Following nearly a decade as a business litigator in Baltimore-area firms, in June 2016, Kimberly Neal briefly left the practice to assist The Children’s Guild, Inc. in establishing and registering Maryland’s first non-traditional apprenticeship program: TranZed Apprenticeship Services (“TAS”). Building on the Guild’s mission of Transformation Education, TAS offers employment and educational opportunities in IT, digital media and cyber security. In this position, Kimberly oversaw TAS’s successful program launch in November 2016 and led the organization at a robust pace, fostering powerful relationships with some of the state’s most prominent experts in education and economic development. Specifically, she partnered with state businesses and workers to create unprecedented job opportunities, and advance the standards of education, job training, skills development and business growth. Kimberly brokered substantial investments for Maryland’s future economy and gained a powerful voice among local and state officials, especially within the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations. Recognizing these talents, in May 2017, The Children’s Guild sought to leverage Kimberly’s strengths on a broader scale to impact its parent company, the TranZed Alliance, and Kimberly took on her current role as General Counsel and Grant Relationship Officer.
Kimberly comes from an accomplished background and she incorporates her diverse exposure to a number of fields into her current. She is rated AV Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell, the highest available rating for professional excellence. She has held leadership roles with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Baltimore City, receiving the Distinguished Service Award by the Section of Young Lawyers.
In the community, Kimberly serves on the Community Resource Board for the Junior League of Baltimore, Inc. and is a member of the Speakers Bureau for the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education. She is a past President of Downtown Baltimore Child Care, Inc. and served on the Board of Directors for the Maryland Chapter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Kimberly’s dedication to public service has garnered recognition throughout the years. In 2013, The Daily Record recognized her for her dedication and commitment to her community, naming her to its list of “Leading Women in Maryland” and deeming her a “Very Important Professionals 40 Years of Age and Younger.” She was recognized again by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s “Top 100 Women” in 2015.