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Executive Leadership Group

Job Nelson

Assistant Vice President, External Relations

Job Nelson was appointed Assistant Vice President of External Relations in July 2016 and oversees the Government & Civic Relations, Marketing & Communications, and Waterfront Arts & Activation Departments. He formerly served as Director of Government and Civic Relations where he directed all federal, state and regional lobbying efforts, as well as grants. Prior to joining the Port of San Diego, Nelson’s comprehensive experience in public affairs included heading up intergovernmental relations for San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders; serving as deputy chief of staff for San Diego Mayor Susan Golding; serving as a policy consultant to the California Senate Minority Leader; and serving as chief of staff for a San Diego City Councilperson. In the private sector, Nelson worked in public affairs, university relations and strategic planning for Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego and was a research analyst with local polling firm Competitive Edge Research. Nelson earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Point Loma Nazarene University and a master’s degree in public policy from Claremont Graduate University.