Program Associate, Siting
Nelson supports activities related to siting clean energy resources and infrastructure, including coalition building, advocacy, strategic communications, and collaboration with CATF partners and consultants.
Prior to joining CATF, Nelson was the inaugural Graduate Sustainability Fellow at Syracuse University’s Dynamic Sustainability Lab. In this role he researched the energy transition, focusing on environmental and social challenges related to critical mineral production, while also co-authoring an evaluation of USDA’s Section 9003 biorefinery and renewable chemical loan program.
His previous work includes developing and analyzing policy, shaping agency strategy, and leading stakeholder groups as the Legislative Coordinator at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife; providing administrative support to staff and legislators of the Washington Senate Ways and Means Committee; and working aboard tall ships as an educator and deckhand.
Nelson received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Humanities at Whitman College and a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University, where he also attained a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Conflict and Collaboration.