Neal Black has been a resident of Kirkland for over 21 years. On November 5, 2019, he was elected to his first term as a member of the Kirkland City Council. He took office on November 27, 2019. Prior to November 2019, he was an elected member of the Houghton Community Council, first elected to that office in 2017.
Neal is a Pacific Northwest native - born in Alaska and raised in Central Oregon. He has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and a law degree from Georgetown University. He and his brother were the first in their family to attend a 4-year college.
For the past 10 years, Neal has been a partner in his own law firm, Adkins Black LLP. He advises businesses in the software technology sector in Seattle and around the world. Neal has also taught law at Seattle University and the University of Washington law schools as a part-time lecturer and adjunct professor.
Neal has been active in community and public service for over 25 years. He is a current member of the Board of Trustees of the King County Bar Association, one of the leading organizations in the state of Washington working to improve access to justice. For four years, he was the chair of that organization’s Public Policy Committee. He is also a past member of the Board of Trustees of Washington Ceasefire, at the time the leading non-profit organization in the state of Washington advocating for common-sense laws to reduce gun violence. During college and law school, Neal worked on public policy for the White House Office on Environmental Policy, the California State Assembly Natural Resources Committee, the US Department of Justice Environmental Enforcement Division, and the Environmental Defense Fund as a law clerk and intern.
Neal currently lives in the Central Houghton neighborhood of Kirkland with his wife, his two teenage boys, and their pet Havanese, affectionately known as Mochi.