Vice President, Development
Denise worked at Accion Opportunity Fund (AOF) a nonprofit and microlender working to create an inclusive, healthy ﬁnancial system that supports the nation’s small business owners-especially entrepreneurs of color and women- by connecting them to aﬀordable capital, educational resources, coaching, and networks. Here she worked a development team responsible for the organization’s $150MM Equity Campaign and $45MM Small Business Relief Fund and developed an initiative focused on support of Black entrepreneurs and managed two donor affinity networks and AOF’s Southern California Regional Board.
She’s also worked at CLARE|MATRIX, a Southern California based addiction treatment center and at a NYC based advocacy and social service agency, FPWA (formerly Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies).
Prior to joining FPWA, Nelson led the development efforts for two leading educational organizations, Eagle Academy Foundation and PENCIL, and served as Associate Vice President of Major Gifts at United Way of New York City. She also served at Habitat for Humanity in New York City. She currently serves on Facing History’s Los Angeles Advisory Board and was a member of the AFP-NYC Board until 2020.