Jennifer I. Nelson announced her candidacy on Friday for City of Cape Coral, City Council District 4. Nelson is the new executive director of Uncommon Friends Foundation, where she oversees Foundation operations, together with the operation and maintenance of the Burroughs Home & Gardens and oversight of the James Newton Archives.

As a nine-year resident of Cape Coral, Nelson is running as a concerned mother and citizen for the future of Cape Coral. She holds a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts in Art History from the University of Texas and is a graduate of Goodwill Industries’ International Senior Leadership and its Kaizen Training programs.

Nelson brings the City of Cape Coral 24 years of successful, senior management experience to elevate its level of professionalism and leadership. Her specific areas of interest are education and youth opportunities, protection of natural resources, and smart growth of infrastructure to attract new and larger businesses for a sustainable future.

Prior to joining Uncommon Friends Foundation, Nelson served in senior management positions for eight years at Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, most recently as senior director of operations. She held previous management positions at Goodwill Industries in Houston, Austin and Galveston, TX and in Santa Rosa, CA. Her vast professional experience includes operations management, logistics, budget oversight, fundraising, expanding streams of revenue, cost containment, marketing, personnel supervision, and event leadership.

Nelson has been an active volunteer and advocate for PACE Center for Girls of Lee County as both a board member (since 2015) and as chairman of its “Love that Dress!” fundraiser (2014). She is an active board member of Recycle Florida (since 2011) and is a member of the Women in Business Committee for The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce. Nelson was also appointed as a member to the Lee County Sustainability Advisory Committee for the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.

She resides in Cape Coral, Florida with her daughter, Piper, who is a student at Trafalgar Middle School.

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