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Ms. Nelson has over 14 years’ experience directing business coalitions committed towards climate action and more sustainable practices, driving international transformation for multi-million donor-funded initiatives that support the development of inclusive resilient networks, and empowering communities, cities, and organizations to better adapt, respond, and prepare for the impacts of climate change. Her extensive work in international development has positioned her as a trusted adviser to host governments, the private sector, local organizations, and communities on climate risk, design and implementation of sustainability strategies, and setting an environmental vision that combines bold performance metrics and science-based targets with comprehensive strategies to address environmental challenges. She engages decision-makers through innovative policy, technical, and financial solutions for the protection and management of natural capital investments.
At Marstel-Day, Ms. Nelson is the Emerging Markets Lead, responsible for leading and managing a range of multi- and bi-lateral donor-funded projects and private-public partnership activities across the globe, as well directing business development for this service line. She is focused on building key working partnerships with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Cooperation (MCC), the Banks, the Department of State (DoS), and United Nations (UN) agencies and supporting corporations on risk and resiliency planning.
Prior to joining Marstel-Day, Ms. Nelson was involved in the design and promotion of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Safeguards, the integration of climate change considerations into planning and investments and policy reform, and impact and monitoring and evaluation of strategic donor programming. Her recent leadership roles have included serving as Climate Risk Advisor for USAID’s Climate Integration and Support Facility (CISF), Team Leader for the World Bank’s the Fiji REDD+ FGRM and supporting SESA, and Team Leader for the MCC Green Prosperity Evaluation, Peatlands Portfolio. She was previously the Climate Change Specialist for AECOM providing climate resilient infrastructure design support to the USAID A&E IDIQ working with engineers to support cities in developing countries and USAID missions to make key infrastructure more resilient to the impacts of climate change, such as transportation, potable water, sanitation and waste management, energy provisions, communications and shelter – critical to economic development.
Ms. Nelson has a MA in Sustainable Development and a MA in Anthropology (ABT) from the University of Denver and a MBA in Sustainable Branding and Social Impact Marketing from Marylhurst University in Oregon. She has experience working in more than 20 countries, with her regional focus being Southeast Asia and the Pacific. She is a certified ISSP-SA and in GRI Standards, supports CDP and TCFD disclosures and provides ESG expertise in EIA, Due Diligence, and Materiality Assessments.