Nelson is Trees New York’s Executive Director. Nelson’s innovative and results-oriented non-profit leadership coupled with his passion for environmental and economic development have introduced a host of innovative new projects and programs, including the Young Urban Forester Internship and FruiTrees New York. Over the last few years, Nelson has made several keen personnel choices, while also bringing strong and creative new board leaders to the organization. Among his many meaningful contributions to Trees New York, Nelson’s expertise and skills in development spearheaded the most successful fundraising campaign in the history of the organization.
In addition to his aptitude in managing people, projects, and fundraising, Nelson’s wide-ranging experience in program management, strategic partnerships, and community engagement brings multiple stakeholders together to drive positive and substantive change. As a strong collaborator, he has forged fruitful partnerships with a diverse range of groups, including civic and government officials, foundations, and business leaders such as New York State RELeaf, Forest For All NYC, the New York City Housing Authority, and Green-Wood Cemetery.
Nelson has an MS in Urban Affairs with a concentration in Environmental Policy.
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