A longtime advocate in the non-profit sector with a career spanning twenty years, Denise most recently worked at a leading NYC based advocacy and social service agency FPWA (formerly Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) bringing a wealth of experience in securing vital resources and helping increase the visibility and reach of the organization’s work and mission.

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. There, she developed and managed a women’s leadership initiative, as well as launched an annual fundraiser and celebration of women leaders. She also served at Habitat for Humanity in New York City, managing corporate relations by strengthening partnerships with firms throughout a variety of business sectors and developing new volunteer programs for women, as well as for legal and real estate industries. Denise is an alumna of Rutgers University, where she earned her B.A. in Political Science, and has participated in the Harvard University Business School Social Enterprise Program.