Eric D. Nelson
Eric D. Nelson, Ph.D., Entrepreneur and Life Visionary; is a small business owner of an insurance company and investment firm in Aurora, Co. Dr. Nelson is a former Adjunct Faculty Member at Colorado State University in Fort Collins and University of Colorado at Denver in Denver and candidate for the Colorado House of Representatives. He is a veteran community and political organizer who have been involved in the Aurora community for over fifteen years. He also served in the U.S. Air Force. Dr. Nelson is a native of Georgia. He has a wife and three children. He enjoys various sports along with watching lots of action, drama and horror movies.
Dr. Nelson was successfully elected to Aurora Public School Board to work in collaboration with other board directors to increase academic achievement for all students, garner greater community engagement, and promote accountability in the APS administrative level. Dr. Nelson has extensive experience working with young people as a volunteer and mentor, as well as in his previous work as Board member for Bennie E. Goodwin After-School Academic Program for youth, a youth civic engagement nonprofit. He is very excited and humble to serve as a Board of Education Secretary at Aurora Public Schools.
Dr. Nelson has extensive volunteer and community organizing experience. The long list of organizations and causes in which he has been engaged includes community engagement in Aurora serving on the Colorado Association of School Boards, Aurora Human Relations Commission, Aurora Branch NAACP & State Conference, Aurora International Roundtable, Aurora Mental Health, Colorado Mental Health Professionals (founding member), Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Key Community Response Team City of Aurora, Aurora Project ACHIEVE Youth Mentoring, Leaders are Readers/Read Across America, Rocky Mountain Association of Black Psychologists, Denver Mayor’s African American Commission, Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado Board, American Legion Post 30, Victim Offender Reconciliation Program of Denver, Bennie E. Goodwin After-School Academic Program for youth Advisory, Rites of Passage Program, Dr. Martin Luther King Commission, Dr. Martin Luther King Committee, African American Initiative, Education Initiative, Labor Initiative, Disabilities Initiative, Denver Consistory, Scottish Rite Foundation for youth, Shriners International and Colorado Prince Hall Foundation for youth, Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, The Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Mental Health America of Colorado, Education Committee, CPL Leadership program, Colorado Black Women for Political Action (CBWPA), League of Women Voters of Arapahoe County, Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC Alumni), Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Institute (alumni), The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA), Sims-Fayola Foundation, and You Can Begin Again/You Can Begin Again Too, Inc.
As an educator, community leader, and volunteer; Dr. Nelson’s main objective will be to act as a representative for the students of our city, ensuring they are put first.
Dr. Nelson earned a B.A. in Psychology from Southeastern University, a Master of Social Work from Northwest Nazarene University, an MBA from Northeastern University, and a Doctorate degree in Organizational Psychology from Southeastern University, Washington, DC. He is also a minister and elder at the Potter’s House Church of Denver.
Dr. Nelson feels anyone with a positive mental attitude that tries hard enough and aim high they will achieve success.