Neal Sharma combines senatorial staff experience on Capitol Hill with his entrepreneurial acumen gained from launching and growing his startup, DEG, to guide Aligned towards smart, strategic and purposeful growth.

As the CEO of DEG, Neal leads the firm’s strategy, operations, and expansion, helping client partners realize their potential through the creative application of technology.  Inc. Magazine named DEG as “25 Companies That Are Changing the World” and Neal has received numerous accolades for his work including “40 under 40”, one of the “50 Kansans You Should Know”, and Kansas City Star’s “50 most influential people in technology.”

Neal graduated cum laude from American University with an inter-disciplinary degree in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government and has an MBA from the University of Kansas.

Along with Aligned, Neal serves on various boards which include the Overland Park Chamber of Commerce, the executive committee of the Kansas City chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization, the steering committee of KC Rising, and the advancement board of the University of Kansas academic medical center. He also serves as a fellow of the Helzberg Entrepreneurial Mentoring Program and has served as a trustee of American University in Washington D.C.