Lori Nelson, Executive Director
Lori brings a diverse background to the Recycling Association of Minnesota. She is a licensed attorney who has over 25 years of experience as an executive leader in the nonprofit sector, most recently as the Executive Director for the Woodbury Community Foundation. Lori has worked extensively with conservation organizations, foundations and philanthropic organizations, business interests, and political advocacy groups. She has served as President of the Richfield Chamber of Commerce, CEO of the Richfield Tourism Promotion Board, Executive Director of Friends of the Minnesota Valley, and as the Heartland Regional Director of the National Parks Conservation Association. Lori also has her own nonprofit consulting business.
Throughout her career, Lori has provided leadership in the areas of fundraising and donor development, strategic planning, marketing and branding, board development, membership growth, program evaluation, implementing best management practices, and ensuring compliance. She has worked in start-up situations as well as working with growing organizations and those in crisis.
Lori has a Juris Doctorate from Hamline University School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science (summa cum laude) from St. Cloud State University, and a Mini-MBA from the University of St. Thomas School of Executive Education.