Neil H. Greenberger is a lifelong progressive Democrat who has lived in Montgomery County for more than 40 years, including long stretches in Bethesda, Gaithersburg and Damascus. He is the son of a union plumber, from whom he learned that it is better to put some thought into fixing the problem than to throw the whole thing out and order a costly replacement. From his mother, an assistant town clerk, he learned the importance of helping people and listening to what they need. At 95, she remains his No. 1 adviser on senior issues.
Neil’s proudest achievements include serving as the chair of the 2012 event “Montgomery County Salutes World War II Veterans” and as co-chair of the 2015 event “Honor and Gratitude: Montgomery County Salutes Vietnam Veterans.” The latter was the first time the County ever held a major event to honor Vietnam veterans since the war ended in 1975.
Neil spent much of his career—about 20 years—as a writer and editor for The Washington Post, winning several awards working chiefly as a sportswriter covering local sports, professional football, college football and college basketball. For five years, he was in charge of The Post’s local sports coverage. He wrote one story that led to then-Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann being pictured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with a piece of tape over his mouth to illustrate he would no longer be talking with the media (typical Joe—that ban lasted only four weeks).
He went on to work for two years in the Community Outreach Office of the Maryland State Board of Education and the Office of State Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick and then worked for six years as the Public Information Officer for the City of Rockville. He has worked for the Montgomery County government for 11 years, most of that time as the Legislative Information Officer of the County Council. In that position, he oversaw operations of the Council Web site and part of the County’s cable television station, in which he changed the Council’s approach to programming to make it “more watchable.” During his tenure, programming he created and worked on won numerous national awards. In the past year, the station won the County’s first-ever Chesapeake Foundation Emmy Award competing against all private and public broadcast stations from Norfolk to Baltimore. It also won a national Telly Award for outstanding video, a national award from the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA) and awards from NATAO.
Neil’s personal commitments include helping people with developmental disabilities, including years as a volunteer for the ARC of Montgomery County. He is a strong advocate for Montgomery County’s program that created its unique Agricultural Reserve. He is devoted to the “Oldies But Goodies Cocker Spaniel Rescue” group and is dedicated to preserving historic causes. He holds two degrees from American University and remains an avid supporter of the AU Eagles.
Neil lives in a historic house in Damascus with his best friend Chaos—the world’s cutest cocker spaniel.