Executive Vice President
Neil H. Simon is a long-time communications and government professional with experience working in Washington, D.C., Europe and across the US West. Neil brings award-winning media, cybersecurity, policy, and crisis communications experience to Resolute.
Neil is steeped in crisis communications work, having helped organizations prepare for and navigate everything from ransomware attacks to major public health outbreaks. After the September 11 attacks, he was selected as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, during which he was one of the first legislative staffers in the US House to work on cybersecurity policy and promote inter-agency and public-private information sharing through US homeland security legislation.
Equally comfortable in a private sector boardroom or the halls of government, Neil has designed a 12-week cybersecurity curriculum and tabletop exercises for Gartner and scores of Fortune 500 and public sector clients, helping security leaders improve their crisis preparedness, detection, and response efforts.
As a former journalist, Neil advises Resolute clients on strategic communication plans and media relations, bringing his unique ability to find powerful characters and storylines that resonate and drive new narratives.
Neil has held public diplomacy leadership roles for the U.S. government and international organizations. From 2016 to 2022 he helped guide the European Union through its public engagement in the U.S., managing a national and 50-state partnership strategy that resulted in stronger transatlantic collaboration on issues ranging from data privacy and digital trade to climate action and human rights.
Prior to Resolute, Neil managed a 35-person communications and public engagement team as the director of communications at the Portland, Ore., regional government, Metro.
Neil’s policy work has resulted in state and federal laws that increase transparency in the fields of energy, improved port and homeland security, and electoral governance.
After working on the first sanctions against Russia during the Obama Administration, Neil went on to be based in Denmark and a career working on international human rights, economic and environmental cooperation and democracy promotion.
He is also an award-winning documentary filmmaker, having produced the first film featuring survivors from an FBI-run World War II Japanese Internment Camp, as well as other productions featuring the rise of women in politics, the power of bipartisanship, and municipal smoking bans.
Neil holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science from Northwestern University and is completing an executive master’s in public administration at Portland State University.