Kimberly Nelson joined Microsoft Corporation in 2006 and now serves as Executive Director of the US Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions team. In this capacity she leads a team covering Justice and Public Safety, Health and Human Services and eGovernment responsible for working with government leaders to establish long-term strategies for more efficient and cost-effective online services. Her role also includes extensive collaboration with Microsoft’s vast partner ecosystem, working to develop repeatable solutions that will ensure the predictable delivery of improved online services while helping to reduce the cost, risk and deployment time associated with sophisticated systems.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Nelson spent 26 years in the public sector – 22 with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and four as the first US Senate Confirmed Presidential appointee to serve as Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information and Chief Information Office, at the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Ms. Nelson was instrumental in standing up a new office within EPA and oversaw the creation and implementation of several major initiatives including a Federal, state and tribal information environmental information sharing project. She was a leader in the use of indicators to measure performance and issued the first national Report on the Environment.
During her state career, Ms. Nelson worked in a number of staff positions in the Senate of Pennsylvania, the Public Utility Commission, and the Departments of Aging and Environmental Protection under three different governors. Over 14 years, she was appointed to increasingly more senior management positions in the Department of Environmental Protection where she was the first to hold the position of Chief Information Officer and then later served as Executive Deputy Secretary, the second highest position in the department before beginning her federal service.
Ms. Nelson has received numerous honors and awards including:
Ms. Nelson serves on a number of Boards and Committees, including the National Geospatial Advisory Committee; Industry Advisory Council; NatureServe; and the AFCEA Bethesda Chapter Advisory Committee. She is also a fellow and CIO Sage with the Partnership for Public Service.
Ms. Nelson is a graduate of Shippensburg University, with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Political Science, and the University of Pennsylvania with a Master of Public Administration. After many years living and working in Pennsylvania, she moved in 2001 to Mclean, Virginia where she and husband raised their two daughters.