Neela is a native Californian who grew up in the Bay Area. After completing graduate school, she was happy to return to the Sacramento/Davis area to participate in the CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. After the fellowship, Neela went to DC to pursue career opportunities in infrastructure. Her experience working in a legislative setting has proved helpful in understanding the regulations and politics that affect local infrastructure agencies.
Neela received a PhD and MS in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University, and a BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UC Davis. Neela was appointed by the Maryland Secretary of the Department of Transportation as Director for the Office of Project Development and Delivery at the Maryland Department of Transportation.