Appointed President and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy in September 2003, Nelson is responsible for overseeing the planning, design, construction, operations and programming of the Detroit International Riverfront, including the RiverWalk and adjacent parks, plazas and pavilions. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Nelson was Vice President, Governmental Affairs for Wayne State University, where she led the development of the Wayne State University research and technology park. From 1981 to 1996, Nelson was senior corporate attorney then director, government affairs for Kmart Corporation.
Nelson is committed to working for progress in her hometown of Detroit; she serves on the board of directors for Compuware Corporation, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority, the University of Detroit/Mercy and TechTown. She is also a member of the American Bar Association, State Bar of Michigan, life member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, Leadership Detroit XIII, Detroit Athletic Club and Economic Club of Detroit. In October 2007, Crain's Detroit Business named Nelson one of Metro Detroit's Most Influential Women. Nelson has a B.A. in Political Science from Mercy College of Detroit and a J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law.
President & CEO
Detroit RiverFront Conservancy