John Neal

Board Member John Neal helped found BBBP, and served as Secretary of the Board of Directors for 10 years. “Working with Emmanuel Quinn and a first class group of men and women to start BBBP has been a highlight of my time living in Washington, DC. As a DC resident, it has been very rewarding to be involved with a group committed to providing young athletes with opportunities to travel and compete, and to building relationships with young men with different life experiences. I’m very excited to see how we can take the BBBP’s success in the ring, and expand the charity’s offerings to young people in both the DC and Belfast communities to help them develop leadership skills, and become role models for the young boys and girls in their neighborhoods.” 

John currently works for Planet Labs, a commercial satellite data provider managing its business relationship with the US Navy, Marine Corps, and the Department of Justice. Prior to joining Planet, he served as a staff member for Congressman Peter T. King R-NY, where he worked on financial services, technology, and national security matters. John spent nearly 10 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a Special Agent where he conducted national security and criminal investigations while assigned to the Buffalo and Washington Field Offices, and served on active duty with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific and Middle East as an airborne reconnaissance officer. John received his BA in Government from the University of Notre Dame, and has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

John first fell in love with boxing when his father took him to see Sugar Ray Leonard train in Buffalo, NY. His boxing experience is limited to surviving 12 rounds of ‘Bull in the Ring’ at the FBI Academy with all his teeth, and nose generally in the same place.