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Adam Neufeld

Over ten years, Adam Neufeld has worked in four government agencies as well as consulted with two others while at McKinsey & Co. As the Deputy Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration, he was the second highest official at the 11,500-employee agency with an approximately $25 billion annual budget.  Adam joined GSA in the wake of management failures to reform an under-appreciated but critical government agency. At GSA, he was critical in charting the agency’s transformation over the past several years, playing a vital role in reorganizing and streamlining the agency, increasing efficiencies of government acquisition, and helping agencies transform their space into more efficient, mobile, open offices. He has also been at the forefront of the government’s efforts to bring innovative new approaches to the federal government including the Presidential Innovation Fellows and 18F (a group of coders and designers), a unit of behavioral scientists, and human resources reform.

Prior to joining GSA, Adam served as a Senior Advisor in the Office of Management and Budget. In this position, he worked on efforts to improve government management and budgetary issues. His efforts included issues ranging from improper payments to personnel policy to performance management to customer service. In addition, he has worked as a consultant at McKinsey & Co., with a focus on serving the federal government.

Previously, he was an honors attorney at the Department of Labor working on trial, appellate and regulatory matters as well as a special assistant to the Chairman of the Federal Election Commission. He is a graduate of Brown University and Harvard Law School.

Education: Brown University and Harvard Law School

Hometown: Westchester County, New York

Favorite Quote: “That’s why they play the game.”

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