Who is Cydny A. Neville?

Agitator | Author | Curriculum Creator | Educator | Entrepreneur | Philanthropist | Self-Proclaimed Anthropologist

She puts the “C” in Community!

A fearless, focused, forward-thinking advocate for all things aligned with the concept of uplifting the village; she uses her platforms to educate, inspire, and empower the masses. A servant-leader, her steps are ordered and she proudly leads her life according to Romans 8:28. A celebrated Social Activist and Humanitarian, she has long been a fierce agitator for education, the homeless, environmental issues, and more.

Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia, Cydny A. Neville is the daughter of Jo Ann Neville and Melvin Neville. She is the mother of Amir Nehemiah. She is a graduate of Mt. Vernon High School, Virginia State University, and the University of Phoenix.

Ms. Neville possesses a lifetime of experience working with agencies across Northern Virginia, to enhance the lives of youth; and nearly two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector. A certified master’s level English teacher, Philanthropist, Change Agent, Author, Motivational Speaker, Publisher, Grant Writer, and Community Advocate - she has a wealth of experience developing, managing, and facilitating community outreach programs throughout the Commonwealth.

Ms. Neville also hones experience of creating, nurturing, and sustaining community partnerships to enhance programming for area nonprofits. In addition, she has experience facilitating partnerships in the community to improve the outreach efforts on the local government level, facilitating parenting classes, prevention outreach, as well as writing and managing grants (small scale to Federal level), and developing programmatic grants based on community needs assessments.

Of all of her titles and accomplishments, being Amir Nehemiah's mother is by far, the one that brings her the most pride and joy! When she is not working in her purpose, enhancing the world around her, she enjoys: nature, photography, investigative journalism, dancing, meditating, and painting. Ms.Neville is a proud graduate of THE Virginia State University, and is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Media Coverage and Recognition:2010 “HUD Neighborhood Network Webcast” video featuring Youth Summer Career Exploration Program 2013 “Dumfries Starts Mentoring Program”2013 “Neville Named Top 10 Under 40”2013 "Virginia Leadership Institute Honors Neville"2013 "Dumfries Volunteers Recognized at Dinner Ceremony"2013 "Dumfries Awarded Federal Grant, Youth Program to Continue"2014 "Breakfast to Celebrate Universal Human Rights Day"2014 "emPower Player: Cydny A. Neville, Social Activist"2014 "Black History Celebration"2015 Prince William Living Influential Women Honoree2016 Social Action Humanitarian Award at Phi BetaSigma Fraternity, Inc., Theta Tau Sigma Chapter2016 Recipient of the Junior League of Northern Virginia's Julia Doig Wilcox Award2017 Honored by the Governor and First Lady of Virginia as "Adult Volunteer of the Year!"2018 Recognized by WPGC 95.5 as their first “Real Good People” honoree! Dear Girls Camp "Phenomenal Woman Honoree 2019! Recognized as one of the "Zeta 100" through Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. in 2020! Leadership Prince William K. E. Alumni Leadership Award Honoree 2022!


  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. - initiated through PHI chapter in the Spring of 1998!

  • Virginia State University Alumni Association

  • Town of Dumfries, Councilwoman 2018-2022

  • Potomac Riverkeeper Network

  • National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women

  • National Association of Black Journalists

  • National Education Association

  • Virginia Education Association

  • Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Commissioner - Chair

  • The Minority Political Leadership Institute, c/o 2012 - VCU, Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute

  • Leadership Prince William c/o 2013

  • Go Virginia Region 7

  • National Congress of Black Women

  • Prince William County Bar Foundation - Board Member

  • Northern Virginia Urban League - Board Member

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

  • Sierra Club

  • National League of Cities

  • Virginia Municipal League

  • ACLU