Melissa D. Neff

Senior Vice President , MWC Advocacy

Richmond, VA

+1 804 775 1953


Missy is a senior vice president at McGuireWoods Consulting where she works in the firm’s MWCAdvocacy group.  She assists clients on a wide variety of healthcare, natural resources, and educational legislative issues at the federal, state, and local level and has developed strong relationships statewide with a wide range of constituencies.

For over 15 years Missy has worked on behalf of clients at the Virginia General Assembly. In addition to her work at McGuireWoods Consulting, she was the director of government relations for The Nature Conservancy and also served as assistant secretary of natural resources under Virginia Governor Tim Kaine.  Working for the private sector, a national conservation organization, and for state government has given Missy a unique perspective on how to help clients accomplish their goals.

In addition to earning her undergraduate degree from Meredith College, Missy is a 2006 graduate of the Political Leaders Program of the University of Virginia's Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership.


Board of Directors, Science Museum of Virginia, 2017-Present

Board of Directors, Richmond Community Toolbank, 2012-2013, 2017-Present

Commissioner, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, 2014-2017

Advisory Committee, Danville Regional Foundation, 2015-2017

Board of Directors, Virginia Public Access Project, 2013-2016

Board of Trustees, Virginia Museum of Natural History, 2009-2014

Board of Directors, Virginia Council on the Status of Women, 2003-2006