Native from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Mr. Nelson serves as the first Executive Director for the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys. With his history of academic achievement, professional development, and evolving strategies, he plans to redirect the council to innovation and effective sustainability. Before joining the team, Mr. Nelson worked as an 11th and 12th English teacher at Simmons High School in Hollandale, Mississippi as a member of Teach for America. Teach for America recruits outstanding and diverse leaders to become TFA “corps members.” Corps members commit to teaching for two years in a low-income community, where they’re employed by local schools and confront both the challenges and joys of expanding opportunities for kids. During his time at Simmons High School, he had the opportunity to serve as anAt-Risk Tutor for the Upward Bound Program and the ACT/SAT campus coordinator.