Trevor Neilson


Trevor Neilson is president of Global Philanthropy Group, which he co-founded in 2006. In that capacity he has been involved in the creation and implementation of many of the world’s most respected philanthropic initiatives. Global Philanthropy Group has designed cutting-edge philanthropic strategies for clients in every region of the world and has worked on most of the world’s most pressing problems.

Trevor is also a partner and investor in G2 Investment Group, where he focuses on the creation of companies and on private equity investments in distressed debt, energy, real estate, and other areas. Recently he co-founded Threat Pattern with several former officers from the Central Intelligence Agency. Threat Pattern uses cutting edge intelligence and counter-intelligence strategies to protect corporate assets and brand reputation.

He is also an active investor in and advisor of funds and companies including MBGlobal, Enviroboard, Amplify, Hint Water, Crosscut Ventures, Squabbler and Upfront.

Trevor played an active role in President Obama’s re-election campaign, serving as a surrogate and designing and implementing strategies aimed at engaging key constituencies. He helped create Bono’s Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa (DATA) organization, now called “the ONE campaign,” and continues to serve on its policy board. He was executive director of the Global Business Coalition (GBC) which was created with investments from Bill Gates, George Soros and Ted Turner. At GBC, Trevor reported to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations and President Obama’s former Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Previously, Trevor worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, initially as director of public affairs and later as director of special projects. He served in the White House during the Clinton administration.

He was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory boards of the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation, and the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Global Health. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and is an active member of the Clinton Global Initiative. Neilson attended Washington State University, and served as a Visiting Practitioner at the Georgetown University Center for Public and Non-profit Leadership.

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