Neilia Stephens joined the Volcker Alliance in July 2018 as the Director of Communications. For more than 20 years, Neilia has designed and implemented global strategic communications, marketing, branding, stakeholder engagement, crisis management, and digital marketing programs for 40 cities, states, and countries. Many of these campaigns engaged public officials including members of the UK Parliament, US governors and mayors, as well as educational institutions and the private sector.
Prior to the Volcker Alliance, Neilia held a position as Principal on the public relations and marketing team at Conway, Inc. While there, she managed some of the firm’s key domestic and international clients. She was charged with leading strategic communications initiatives across a wide range of focus areas including economic development, foreign direct investment, investment attraction/retention, job creation, talent recruitment/retention and diverse industry sectors. Neilia also worked at Development Counsellors International and held numerous roles such as Account Director, Director of Media Training and Internship Director.
Neilia’s passion for storytelling and journalistic mindset has led to established relationships with the media. She is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and serves as the Volunteer Committee Chair for the New York Chapter. Additionally, Neilia was a guest speaker at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) 2018 Global Diversity Summit, and taught the International Economic Development Council’s marketing course as part of the organization’s CEDC certification program. Neilia is a graduate of Baruch College and resides on Long Island.