Adam Neuman, Dual JD/MPA ‘18, is currently pursuing a dual degree that combines his passions for law and public service. Fels student Meghan Pierce, MPA '18, sat down with Adam to discuss his career and academic experience.
What professional/academic work were you engaged in before you came to Fels?
Prior to Fels, I served as the Manager of Communications for the President of Yeshiva University. I worked closely with the President to develop general themes and particular language to both capture and advance his vision for the university and its mission. I had the opportunity to draft major remarks, speeches, lectures, sermons, citations, and dedications.
Why did you choose Fels to pursue your MPA?
Pursuing a dual degree (JD/MPA) at the University of Pennsylvania has truly been a blessing. When I was a young kid growing up in Baltimore, I dreamed of acquiring the necessary education as a means to help the greater world and to ensure that platforms and agendas served all of humanity. So much of my family was wiped out in the Holocaust simply because of their Jewish faith and values. I strive to honor my ancestors and influence the future for the better. I strive to involve myself both professionally and personally in projects that help further the rights of all individuals.
What work or research experience have you undertaken since coming to Fels?
I’ve been working for Minnesota Vikings Football, LLC as a Legal Intern for the past year. I travel to Eden Prairie, Minnesota in between semesters and work remotely during the school year. I’ve had the opportunity to utilize many skills and knowledge from Fels (public speaking, speech writing, lobbying, financial management, etc.) which I believe has helped me a great deal in this position. During the upcoming summer, I’ll be working at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in NYC and Marc Platt Productions in LA which most recently produced La La Land, a modern musical film nominated for a record 14 Oscars.
What is your favorite aspect of the Fels experience?
The people. I am deeply grateful for the friendships and mentorship I’ve received at this fabulous school. From teachers to students, there is a palpable sense of energy and enthusiasm that pulsates throughout the classrooms and extra curricular events. I think Fels attracts bright, motivated, and - perhaps above all - kind and generous people.
How do you seek to use your Fels degree post-graduation?
My interests include Law, Sports, Entertainment, Politics, and Communications. I’m not sure where life will take me, but I’m excited for the ride.
How has Fels influenced your understanding of public service?
Public service is one of the cornerstones in my life. My colleagues have inspired me in various ways to continue helping and contributing. I co-founded and run a non-profit organization that memorializes and honors my friend, Gilad Schwartz, who passed away at the young age of 19 due to a rare form of liver cancer. Most recently, I’ve involved myself in letter writing (a pen pal program) to prison inmates who spend their time completely in solitary confinement. Fels has helped shape and refine my commitment to public service.