Company History

Founded in 1970, Nelson has been providing innovative workforce solutions for organizations locally, nationally, and globally for more than four decades. Connecting talent to opportunity in companies large and small, across many industries, is what drives this company. That and the values that form the cornerstone of Nelson: excellence, integrity, empathy, and innovation. When every business interaction respects those ideals, everyone wins.

We’ve become experts in several fields and have created distinct and separate business units to address the unique needs of particular clients and candidates. Those units are Nelson & Associates, focused on Finance & Accounting, Executive Search, and Legal. There’s Nelson Technology, working in the Tech and Engineering sectors, Nelson Interactive, immersed in the computer gaming and digital media world, and Nelson Staffing, focused on Administrative, Clerical, HR, Manufacturing, Production, and Wine & Beverage. Nelson Compliance rounds out the mix, with laser-like attention to risk mitigation and workforce compliance.

Our network is expansive. We have 19 locations in the United States and satellite units beyond that. With a keen global awareness and command of the local market, Nelson partners with clients to escalate their business by providing the people and services that raise the quality and productivity of their workforces. By connecting candidates with these efficient organizations, we further their careers.


1970 – Company founded by Gary D. Nelson
1975 – GDNA gets contract with US Govt on Marshall Islands to create job descriptions for the Marshalleese.
1988 – Nelson & Associates formed
1989 – Sonoma corporate office opens
1994 – Nelson Technology founded
2005 – NelsonJobs launched
2011 – San Francisco 49ers select Nelson as Preferred Staffing Partner