Neely Marcus Silbey joins Innovative Federal Strategies after serving in the Pentagon as a civil servant for two years, on Capitol Hill for six years, and in the Navy for six years. After graduating with a degree in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, she joined the Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer. During this time, she served as the Legislative Affairs Officer for US Pacific Command and had an opportunity to participate in the legislative process including the education and dissemination of critical command information to key Members and staffers on Capitol Hill.
Following her military service, Neely served as the Military Legislative Assistant to Representative Neil Abercrombie (Hawaii), the then House Armed Services Subcommittee Chairman for Air and Land Forces. Neely managed the Congressman’s defense, homeland security, foreign affairs, and federal employee legislative interests. She also worked on defense appropriations, coordinating the Congressman’s efforts with the remaining Hawaii delegation, and the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
In January 2010, Neely moved to the Senate, working for Senator Patty Murray (Washington state) as her defense, veterans and foreign policy legislative assistant. Her portfolio included appropriations work, direct liaison with the Department of Defense on Member interest items, assisting the Senator when she served as the Co-Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction and coordinating with the Senator’s leadership staff during the debate on critical legislation.
Neely has a solid working relationship with both House and Senate defense authorizers and appropriators. She also has strong relationships inside the Pentagon after having served as the Programs Division Personnel Branch Chief in the Office of the Chief Legislative Liaison, overseeing all of the Army’s legislative outreach on personnel and medical issues. She also worked closely with Readiness (installations, operations, energy and environment) and Hardware (Soldier systems, wheeled and tracked vehicles, Intelligence) Branch Chiefs on coordinating Army outreach across a spectrum of command priorities. In her role as the Personnel Branch Chief, Neely also worked closely with Army Senior Leaders to educate and disseminate information on Army command priorities to Members of Congress and their staff.
Neely has completed the US Air Force Air Command and Staff Non-Resident Course. She has also received the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award while serving as an Army civilian. Neely has also received a Joint Service Commendation Medal and three Navy Achievement Medals while serving on active duty.