Todd Nelson got his first exposure to national communications and PR while serving on the executive planning committee for President Ronald Reagan’s dedication of the Gray Center for the Communication Arts at Hastings College, his undergraduate alma mater. Robert K. Gray, Chairman of Hill & Knowlton Worldwide, was impressed and invited Todd to Washington, DC to intern with the legendary H&K team. Mr. Gray was a friend of Walter and Lee Annenberg and, with his support, Todd earned a master’s degree in Communication Management at USC Annenberg.
Today, Todd is a purpose-oriented strategy, communications and marketing leader with more than 20 years of experience at diverse startups, agencies, non-profits and established companies. The hallmark of his career has been serving as thought leader and catalyst, helping mission-driven organizations successfully maneuver the delicate balance between dedication to mission, the need for bold entrepreneurial initiatives, and the application of sound business management.
He brings equal experience in volunteer board leadership, including two terms on the USC Alumni Association Board of Governors; president of USC Lambda LGBT Alumni Association; San Francisco AIDS Foundation Campaign Leadership Committee; and Board President of Amanecer Community Counseling Service of Los Angeles, a mental health organization with 135 full-time staff and $10.5M annual budget where he played a central role in new leadership selection, crisis communications, policy development, and fundraising for more than seven years.
Todd loves to travel, enjoys good food and wine, is an avid golfer, laughs a lot, and is often heard whistling and singing his favorite tunes. He lives in Oakland, CA with his partner, Angelo.