Kelly D. MacNeal is the Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and General Counsel for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) as of July 2018. She has been Acting General Counsel since February, overseeing the Civil Litigation, Corporate Affairs, Housing Litigation, Labor and Employment, Real Estate and Economic Development, Strategic Initiatives and Special Policies, and Torts divisions.
Prior to her promotion, Ms. MacNeal served as First Deputy General Counsel since 2014 working with the Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel supervising the Law Department staff and providing support for various business units within NYCHA. Before that she previously held the role of Acting Executive Vice President and General Counsel since 2012. She joined NYCHA in 2010 as Deputy General Counsel of the Tort Division in the Law Department. While serving in that capacity, she streamlined processes while improving customer service. Earlier, Ms. MacNeal held the position of Executive Agency Counsel for the New York City Transit Authority, where she tried cases in the Kings County Trial Unit. Ms. MacNeal began her career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department in 1989.
Ms. MacNeal holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia. She is licensed to practice law in New York State and the District of Columbia. Ms. MacNeal serves on the New York City Housing Advisory Council, is a Board Member of the Housing and Development Law Institute, and Secretary to the Fund for Public Housing, a charitable not-for-profit organization designed to create safer, cleaner and more connected communities for NYCHA residents.