Neal Urwitz

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 TimesThe Washington Post, the Associated Press, CBS, NBC, and NPR among many others. He has served as a guest speaker at the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and American University’s School of Professional and Extended Studies. Mr. Urwitz has also been published in The USA TodayPolitico Magazine,,, and The National Interest.

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.

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