CDC Foundation Hires Vice President for Communications

The CDC Foundation has named Pierce Nelson vice president for communications. In this role Nelson will oversee the CDC Foundation’s strategic communications efforts aimed at connecting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation with the private sector. His responsibilities include oversight for the Foundation’s media, web, social media and event communications efforts, and he serves on the Foundation’s executive team.

"We are excited to have Pierce join the CDC Foundation team,” said Charles Stokes, CDC Foundation president and CEO. “His experience will be invaluable to us as we build on our communications structure, strategy and outreach in support of the important work of CDC."

Nelson brings more than 20 years of communications experience to the CDC Foundation.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Nelson worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta where he spent the last 15 years in several communications capacities, most recently as assistant vice president and public information officer. His functional responsibilities included external communications, media relations, policy speeches, government outreach, crisis communication, and the Bank’s web/social outreach. Prior to his work at the Fed, Nelson served in public affairs and corporate communications positions with Riverwood International Corporation and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

Nelson earned a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Georgia State University. In addition he attended executive development programs at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and at Columbia University’s business school. He serves on the board of the Georgia Council on Economic Education and on the Council’s communications committee.

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