Charles Chip Mc Neal, M.Ed.

Welcome to my website! I am a distinguished, award-winning teacher, policy adviser, dancer educator, lecturer, moderator, administrator adjudicator, actor, director, civic leader, change-maker, and arts & technology visionary. I conduct various artist/educator trainings in tandem with creating & evaluating arts, education and community programs throughout the U.S. and around the world.

Based in Oakland, California, I am available for hire to a wide array of non-profit and government agencies to develop personalized professional development training and strategies in many areas of arts, education and team-building, including; presenting, keynotes, teaching, facilitating, moderating, adjudicating, and assessment. My pioneering work in establishing cross-sector partnerships and building creative collaborations is detailed on this website.

I am currently the first-ever Director of Diversity, Equity and Community for San Francisco Opera, where I write curriculum, research, and lead a distinguished team of professionals that advise SF Opera on all diversity and equity initiatives. In this challenging role, we seek to create an opera world that is more diverse and inclusive both on the stage and behind the scenes. Because of this work, I bring a dedication and intentionality to create racial equity in the arts as I strive to create a more socially just world through the lens and the practice of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

I am also a designated “Professional Expert” at the Alameda County Office of Education where I have served as senior faculty adviser for the Integrated Learning Specialist Program, a professional development program consisting of a network of graduate coursework. In this role I have taught hundreds of teachers, administrators, and teaching artists throughout the nine Beria counties and beyond. This landmark pedagogy has become a foundation for creating a culturally and linguistically responsive pedagogy that benefits everyone.

I hold undergraduate Degrees in both Psychology and Sociology. I earned my Masters Degree from Boston’s Lesley University. Graduate degree in Education: Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Arts Integration. At this time, I am pursuing my doctorate in Transformative Studies in Arts Education at The California Institute for Integral Studies.


Research Question:

What would constitute an emancipatory, transdisciplinary K-12 pedagogy that teaches for liberation and healing?


Professional associations and accomplishments run the gamut from community-based organizations, to schools and school districts, to federal agencies and governments.

Key Consultations & Collaborations:

  • Stanford University
  • Harvard University
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • The Kennedy Center
  • The California Arts Council
  • The California State Department of Education
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • The Edinburgh International Arts Festival

Awards & Distinctions:

  • Certified Integrated Learning Specialist (2010)
  • Certified Oral Historian (2005)
  • Bernard Osher Cultural Award for Public Service (1994)
  • Levi Strauss & Co. Award for Outstanding Teachers and Administrators in the Arts (2004)
  • San Francisco Unified School District’s Dream Catcher Award (2009)
  • California State Legislature Commendation for “Significant contribution to the people of San Francisco” (2010)
  • San Francisco Mayor’s Proclamation Commending Work as the Committee Chair for Bay Area National Arts Education Week (2011)
  • Special Fellowship to the Future of Learning Institute, part of Project Zero, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (2012)
  • Yale School of Music’s Distinguished Music Educator (2015)
  • Mensbook.com “Men working to change the world” (2019-2020)
Photo by Todd Berman
McNeal both chairs and moderates the first Bay Area Celebrates National Arts in Education Week at Herbst Theater in San Francisco – 2011 (Photo by Todd Berman)

“My dream is share my knowledge and experience with the widest possible audience, as I leverage my creative talent and expertise to create a visionary and revolutionary pedagogical framework that serves black and brown students, giving them the creative edge to dare to dream big, to have hope, and to thrive in the uncertain world of the 21st century.”

Charles Chip Mc Neal 2020

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” 

– Maya Angelou


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