Paul Nelson

Paul comes to 100 Resilient Cities with more than a decade of capacity building and convening experience working with diverse networks of public, private, and non-profit organizations focused on economic and workforce development in low-income communities.

Prior to joining 100 Resilient Cities, he oversaw technical assistance provision to a national network of 210 federally-funded programs serving 7,500 opportunity youth each year at YouthBuild USA. In this role, he designed strategic and scalable interventions to improve network performance and created cross-agency partnerships to maximize impact of technical assistance and grant investments. Previously, he served as Assistant Commissioner at New York City’s Department of Small Business Services leading the Agency’s efforts to foster economic development in commercial districts across the five boroughs.

Paul earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and holds a Master of Public Administration degree from New York University and Masters of History degree from the University of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in France.

Latest Posts by Paul Nelson

Turning Migration Challenges into Opportunities to Build Resilience

- Mass migration has grown into one of the major urban challenges of the 21st century. As cities contend with the effects of climate change and aging infrastructure, they must also learn to adapt to waves of newcomers.

The Melbourne Network Exchange

- The Melbourne Urban Biodiversity and City Resilience Exchange marks the third Exchange convened by our Network.

Why We’re in Athens

- 100 Resilient Cities and its partners are here in Athens to focus on the critical conversation around refugees and cities.

What Is the 100RC Network?

- The 100RC Network fosters the personal connection and collaboration necessary to help CROs scale learnings on the leading edge of resilience thinking.