Kristin Nelson

Kristin Nelson is a do-gooder who believes in the power of community. Whether community means neighbors, colleagues, or strangers with shared interests and challenges, Kristin trusts that together, community can influence positive change. Her 20-year non-profit career includes organizations such as the Community Foundation Sonoma County, the James Irvine Foundation, Catholic Charities, the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, WestEd, and COTS where she has done everything from fundraising to public relations, direct program management, and administrative support and strategy. She recently delved into the world of disaster philanthropy after the devastating wildfires that struck her community.

A double graduate of the University of San Francisco, she holds a Master’s of Science in Organization Development and an undergraduate Communications degree. Kristin is active as a volunteer leader within the Bay Area non-profit community and currently co-chairs Impact 100 Redwood Circle’s Liaison Committee and serves on their Leadership Team. She has served as the Vice Chair of the board of directors at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center. She is a member of Leadership Petaluma’s class of 2014 and a TedTalk speaker.