After first posting the job with a requirement for a bachelor's degree, Bach later asked that the job be reposted with a requirement for a high school diploma only. It was not immediately clear whether Nelson has a college degree or not.
Nelson does, however, have a background in the business world, which Bach has said he finds valuable. And Nelson's hire will also help Bach work toward his stated goal of bringing more diversity into city government; Nelson is African-American.
Mayor Selects former Credit Union Executive as Economic Vitality Specialist
Mayor Steve Bach announced today, August 2, that he has selected former Security Service Federal Credit Union Operations Manager, Donna Nelson, to serve as Economic Vitality Specialist for the City of Colorado Springs.
“Donna is an ideal person for this job,” stated Mayor Bach. “Her skills range from marketing to mergers to acquisitions to re-engineering operations. Her military service and a business track record that most in corporate America would envy qualify her for this important position.”
After nine years with Security Service Federal Credit Union, Nelson leaves her position where she oversaw all Service Center business operations at the North Academy site, including cash operations, member service, sales, personnel management and facility maintenance. Having completely revamped an entire training infrastructure companywide, Nelson's experience will help her in this key role.
Nelson has a proven track record developing relationships with stakeholders and establishing a working rapport with customers, both internal and external, which helped her build and serve as one of the leaders of a high performance finance organization. She is also highly skilled in planning, organizing and project management. In addition, Nelson excels at creative branding and communications.
In addition to her service in the United States Army as a Medical NCO (non-commissioned officer), Nelson's community service in Colorado Springs is impressive. She is the current Board Chair of the Urban League of the Pikes Peak Region. Other board positions include COPPeR (Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region) and past Chair of the Chamber of Commerce Rising Professionals. She was also a loaned executive with The Pikes Peak United Way and is involved on various levels with Junior Achievement.
Nelson is a 2011 Athena Award nominee and was named a Colorado Springs Business Journal Rising Professional in 2008. She is also a graduate of Leadership Pikes Peak.
Mayor Bach added, “Donna is a can-do, enthusiastic person who is dedicated to helping our city.”
Nelson is excited about joining the Mayor's team and stated, “I am extremely proud to join the administration of Mayor Steve Bach. I am excited about the direction that our city is headed and look forward to our many successes.”
Nelson's first day will be August 3, 2011. Nelson will lead Mayor Bach’s Spirit of the Springs’ initiative, which will include efforts to unite the community, encourage broader participation and representation in City government, and attract and retain young professionals in Colorado Springs. She will also work with small and emerging businesses as part of the City’s efforts to ensure a business-friendly environment.