Bob Nelson is a leader in strategy and advertising programs. In 1977, he founded BNA Communications, a forerunner to Manolatos Nelson Murphy, which he co-founded in 2016. Throughout his career, he has directed national and regional communication 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.
Bob previously served on the State of California Film Commission, supporting television and movie production in the state, and on the Board of Cleantech San Diego, which includes more than 100 organizations advancing sustainable energy solutions. He was recently named Commissioner Emeritus by the San Diego Unified Port District after serving for more than six years on their Board. The Port District 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.