Director of External Affairs & Philanthropy

Ms. Nelson directs all philanthropic, communications, and public relations for A Community of Friends.

Ms. Nelson comes to ACOF most recently from the Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs, where she was Senior Director of Development.  She oversaw all their fundraising efforts – from donor cultivation to grants and foundation relations to fundraising events.  Prior to that, she was Director of External Affairs at Crystal Stairs, Inc. and managed their fund development, strategic communication and public affairs department.  In the early 2000s, she also worked for two different mayors as a public policy manager on a range of issues, including homelessness.