Bob Nelson co-founded MNM Advertising & PR in 2016 and was the founder of BNA Communications in 1977. Bob specializes in strategy and advertising programs. Throughout his career, Nelson has directed national and regional projects for public schools, water systems, electrical utilities, hospitals, highways, brewers and winemakers, organized labor and developers. He has also won campaigns for major ballot initiatives in California and a dozen other states.
Nelson currently serves on the Board of Cleantech San Diego, whose members include more than 100 local businesses, universities, governments and nonprofits committed to advancing sustainable solutions for the benefit of the economy and the environment. Nelson was recently named Commissioner Emeritus after serving for 6 ½ years on the Board of the San Diego Unified Port District, which governs 6,000 acres of tidelands along 34 miles of coastline and a $175 million annual budget. Bob previously chaired the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors and the San Diego LGBT Center Board of Directors. He was a City of San Diego Public Utilities Advisory Commissioner and was central to launching Pure Water San Diego. He also advised the San Diego County District Attorney as a member of the DA’s Community Advisory Board.
Bob was a presidential appointee to the bipartisan U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council and worked as transition Chairman and interim Chief of Staff for a U.S Senator. His commentary on government and politics has been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Sacramento Bee, The San Diego Union-Tribune and Campaigns & Elections.