Nelson brings over 30 years of experience working in the White House, the Capitol and one of the top trade associations in Washington. He has put that experience to work having advised executive teams and senior decision makers for some of the most recognized technology companies in the world, including several when they were just beginning to have a presence in Washington.
Prior to joining Franklin Square Group, Nelson founded the Public Affairs firm Capitol Chambers Strategies, and worked as a Managing Director in the Government Affairs segment of FTI Consulting, a global management consulting firm. In those capacities Nelson developed and implemented integrated public affairs campaigns for a variety of industries such as technology, fintech and energy. Under President George W. Bush, Nelson served as Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. In this role, he helped shape key Administration policy and was a liaison between the President and Members of Congress. At the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Nelson was Director of Federal Government Relations, where he developed and implemented advocacy and grassroots strategies for small-business owners on issues such as health care, taxes, and labor laws. During his tenure, NFIB was ranked by Fortune Magazine as one of the top advocacy organizations in the country.
Nelson is from Peoria, Illinois and began his career working for House Republican Leader Robert H. Michel (IL). He also served as a Senior Legislative Assistant in the Connecticut Congressional delegation. Nelson graduated from Indiana University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Affairs.