Director of External Relations
Neal Urwitz is the Director of External Relations at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). At CNAS, Mr. Urwitz is responsible for the organization’s media relations, online and digital presence, events, Congressional outreach, and multimedia content. He works on a daily basis with a wide array of media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, CBS, NBC, and NPR among many others. He has also served as a guest speaker at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs.
Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Urwitz was a director at LEVICK, a public relations firm specializing in policy-related work, where he represented numerous defense contractors and Fortune 500 companies working on international, defense, and regulatory matters. Prior to working at LEVICK, Mr. Urwitz worked the Washington office of Grayling, a London-based public relations firm, where he focused on issue and policy-centric PR.
Mr. Urwitz has spent the early portion of his career at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a large, Washington-based international policy and defense think tank, where he ran the organization’s day-to-day media relations. In that capacity, he set up thousands of interviews and wrote most of CSIS’ press releases and media advisories.
Mr. Urwitz began his career as an intern in the office of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA). He received his bachelor’s degree in Religion and Government from Bowdoin College.
Recent Publications & News
PodcastWhat Trump's Budget Plan Means for the Pentagon
By Lauren Fish, Adam Routh & Neal Urwitz
Press ReleaseCNAS Senior Fellow Ben FitzGerald Named Professional Staff Member for the Senate Armed Services Committee (Majority Staff)
By Neal Urwitz
Podcast68 Foreign Ministers and Senior Leaders Meet to Discuss Fight against ISIS
By Ilan Goldenberg, Nicholas Heras & Neal Urwitz
PodcastSec. Rex Tillerson's Visit to Asia
By Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper, Harry Krejsa & Neal Urwitz
PodcastInvestigating Russian Hacking, Wiretapping Claims, and Surveillance Leaks
By Adam Klein & Neal Urwitz
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