Biography

Charles Chip McNeal serves as an Arts Integration for Social Justice expert and a Transformative Learning Coach in the Integrated Learning Department at Alameda County Office of Education. Mc Neal is also a senior faculty member in the Integrated Learning Specialist Program, where he serves as a “professional Expert” – coaching and mentoring classroom teachers and principals. He is also Senior Manager, Curriculum, and Programs for San Francisco Opera where he develops specialized curriculum, cultivates new programs and mentors teaching artists and classroom teachers.

Mr. Mc Neal is the former Director of Education for the San Francisco Ballet Center for Dance Education (CDE), a department he founded in 2002. The Center provided arts education engagement to over 25,000 children, youth and families annually.

Mc Neal works as a lecturer, adjudicator, and adviser to arts and education organizations in the US and globally. He consults for Harvard University, Stanford University, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Kennedy Center, the Edinburgh Festival, and the California Arts Council among many others. His performing credits encompass stage and film and include a performance at famed Carnegie Hall in 2012. He has an extensive background in musical theater and studied acting with acting legends Stella Adler and Uta Hagen while training at the prestigious Joffrey Ballet School. An accomplished dancer, he has studied and performed Afro-Cuban, jazz, tap, ballet, West African, and several folkloric and ethnic dance styles. McNeal works as a freelance arts critic and is a much sought-after teacher and lecturer. He has lead several multi-media projects that leverage new technologies and social media, and has produced documentaries profiling arts programs and important issues in arts education. Mr. Mc Neal  is a founding member and former board representative of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

An experienced arts administrator and civic leader with undergraduate degrees in both psychology and sociology, he also holds a Master’s degree in Education (Curriculum & Instruction) from Lesley University. He is a qualified Integrated Learning Specialist and a certified Oral Historian and has received numerous awards for his achievements in the arts and education, including the 2014 Dream Catcher Award from San Francisco Unified School District, and a more recent national recognition as a 2015 Distinguished Music Educator by the Yale School of Music.

Mr. McNeal serves on the Leadership Council of CreateCA, a coalition innovative leaders who work together to create lasting change by advancing an education model that promotes creativity and the arts.