Innovation and Strategy
Nelson works with leaders in private and public sector institutions to design and implement strategies that leverage capital and technology for sustainable social impact at scale. His work focuses on organizational and network strategy, business and partnership development, facilitation, writing, and public speaking. Nelson co-founded Declara, a Silicon Valley venture-backed social learning company that develops technologies being used globally for professional development and innovation. Prior to this, he was Chief Strategy Officer of the Stupski Foundation, where he helped create a national innovation initiative to scale personalized learning through public education. He was also the Founder/CEO of Advent Strategy, a global strategy firm, where he led dozens of engagements with global corporate, media, international development, education, and philanthropic institutions. Nelson has served on the Boards of Directors of Grantmakers for Education; Boundless, a social impact innovation platform; Growth Sector, a workforce development organization; and StartOut, a national organization that fosters LGBT entrepreneurs. He graduated from Amherst College with high honors. He has been a Fellow at Columbia, NYU, and Leuven. A native Colombian, he is fluent in Spanish and French.