Mr. Neas, who is perhaps best known for leading the successful fight against President Reagan’s nomination of Judge Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court, has had a long history of championing civil rights.
In addition to serving as the executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights for more than a dozen years, he has served as president and chief executive for People for The American Way until a few years ago.
Mr. Neas became the chief executive of the National Coalition on Health Care, a group with broad support from business, unions and others. Mr. Neas said he planned to represent the generic drug makers in the efforts of a alliance that was recently formed by the coalition that is meant to address the nation’s high health care costs.
Ralph, a native of Brookline, Massachusetts, earned his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Ralph has taught at the University of Chicago Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. From 1995 through 1999, he was president of The Neas Group. In 1998, Ralph was the Democratic candidate for Congress from Maryland's 8th Congressional District.
Ralph began his public service career as Chief Counsel to Republican U.S. Senators Edward W. Brooke (1973-1979) and Dave Durenberger (1979-1980).