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Jonathan Nelson

Policy Director

Community Water Center

Jonathan Nelson is a Policy Director for the Community Water Center. He previously held positions at a healthcare trade association where he managed government affairs and worked to expand access to healthcare for vulnerable populations, and at a Sacramento-based public affairs firm where he worked on issues related to health access, clean transportation, and the digital economy. Outside his professional career, he works as a foster care advocate and has helped pass legislation recognizing the unique needs of medically fragile foster care children, and serves as a councilmember on the State Council for Developmental Disabilities. He brings this experience to the PPIC Water Policy Center Advisory Council. He holds a BA in political science from the University of California, Davis.