Paul Nelson

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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.