Advisory Board

Kim Nelson

Kimberly Nelson joined Microsoft Corporation in January, 2006 and now serves as Executive Director of eGovernment and Director of the US Public Sector’s State and Local Government Solutions team. In this capacity she leads a team working with government CIOs and other leaders to establish long-term strategies for more efficient and cost-effective online services. Her role also includes extensive collaboration with Microsoft's vast partner ecosystem, working to drive solutions that will ensure the predictable delivery of improved online services while helping to reduce the cost, risk and deployment time associated with sophisticated systems.

Prior to joining Microsoft, Ms. Nelson spent 26 years in the public sector – 22 with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and four with the United States Environmental Protection Agency where she served as the Presidential appointee and US Senate confirmed Assistant Administrator for Environmental Information and Chief Information Officer.

Ms. Nelson was instrumental in expanding the Chief Information Officer’s role within the Environmental Protection Agency and oversaw the creation and implementation of several major initiatives including a Federal, state and tribal information sharing project, the foundation of which has recently been selected by the White House as the basis for state reporting under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. She was a leader in the use of indicators to measure performance and managed the issuance of the first national Report on the Environment. Ms. Nelson served on the Federal CIO Council Executive Committee and as co-chair of the CIO Council’s Architecture and Infrastructure Committee.

During her state career, Ms. Nelson worked in a number of staff positions in the Senate of Pennsylvania, the Public Utility Commission, and the Departments of Aging and Environmental Protection. She was the first to hold the position of Chief Information Officer in the Department of Environmental Protection and later served as Executive Deputy Secretary, the second highest position in the department.

During her career, Ms. Nelson was awarded numerous honors such as

  • Microsoft’s Gold Club, 2009
  • Government Computer News Civilian Executive of the Year, 2004
  • Federal Computer Week's FED 100 Award, 2004
  • AFFIRM's Award for Excellence in EGOV, 2004
  • Outstanding Secretary's Award for Excellence, 1989, 1997, and 1999
Ms. Nelson serves on a number of Boards and Committees, including the Executive Committee for the Washington, DC based Industry Advisory Committee; NatureServe; and AFCEA Bethesda Chapter. She is also a fellow and CIO Sage with the Partnership for Public Serices.

Ms. Nelson graduated from Shippensburg University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, Political Science, and from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987 with a Master of Public Administration.

In addition to working for Microsoft, Ms. Nelson serves on a number of boards and committees and is married with two teenage daughters.