In 2016, Neil was the Democratic Nominee for a seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from Carbon County, a predominantly white, working class district, where he outperformed the national Democratic ticket by 14 points.
As the grandson of refugees and son of immigrants, Neil is the first in three generations of his family to come back home. He has worked in the White House, the US Senate, and he attended Harvard Law School on the Lentz scholarship, endowed by a 19th century coal magnate. A proud native of Pennsylvania's coal country, Neil has worked to organize churches to house homeless families as part of Family Promise of Carbon County.
Neil's advocacy focuses on bridging the urban-rural divide in American politics. He is currently writing a book on climate and immigration through the story of his hometown and other post-industrial communities that were bellwethers in the 2016 election.
To contact Neil - reach him directly at neil [at] neilmakhija [dot] com