An experienced development professional with a passion for building relationships and a deeply rooted human services focus. Driven by the belief that “where trust lives, funding will follow,” Neely’s approach to supporting any mission is to provide quality data and resonant stories, creating an authentic portrayal of the need and inspiring glimpse into the solutions. Experience has proven that the best way to build trust with funders is never to submit a proposal – no matter the size – without complete buy-in from program staff. After joining the inspiring world of food banking, a natural interest in anti-racist learning evolved into an active focus on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion work. The ongoing effort to deepen the collective understanding of systemic oppression within her organization has enhanced Neely’s approach to development work in ways she never thought possible.