Jeff Freeland Nelson

Jeff Freeland Nelson

Managing Director, Public Strategies, MPR|APM
Minnesota Public Radio
jnelson@mpr.org
(651) 290-1500

Jeff Freeland Nelson is managing director of public strategy at Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media leading public policy efforts at a local, state and federal level. Jeff originally conceived of and co-manages the 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting campaign, a grassroots effort to protect funding for public broadcasting with more than 420 partner public media organizations and hundreds of thousands of advocates in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Jeff began his work at MPR as senior producer for The UBS Forum, creating public affairs events and radio programming. Previously, Jeff was appointed director of cultural development for the City of Saint Paul and managing director of McNally Smith College. He was the founder and executive director of the Saint Paul Arts & Culture Partnership, a collaboration of 40 regional arts organizations. Jeff was the recipient of the 2010 Catalytic Leader Award from the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, is a former fellow of the Humphrey Institute Policy Forum and the German Marshall Fund and received a prestigious Leadership Fellowship from the Archibald Bush Foundation. Jeff holds a bachelors degree from Hamline University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.