Craig Nelson was appointed Chairman of the Board in 2014 after a long history of management roles within the Nelson organization. Prior to his role as Chairman, Craig was Chief Executive Officer for Nelson and earlier led Nelson Technology, Nelson & Associates, Nelson Staffing, and Nelsonjobs.com. He previously served as General Counsel at Nelson with responsibility for legal, administration, safety & risk, and human resources.
Prior to joining Nelson, Craig spent seven years with the Criminal Division of the California Department of Justice. He also spent three years as a litigator with the Law Offices of Bowles and Verna. An expert in the fields of both staffing and employment law, Craig has been quoted by a wide variety of news organizations, including National Public Radio, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press, Staffing Industry Review and The Recorder on a wide variety of topics covering employment trends, recruiting, family businesses, the San Francisco Medical Leave law, and California’s Three Strikes law.
Highly involved in the community, Craig is on the board of the Marin Economic Forum, the Leadership Council of the Boys & Girls Club of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties, and the executive board of the North Bay Leadership Council. He was Chair of the Executive Leadership Committee of the 2011 North Bay Heart Walk and is past Chairman of the Marin County Workforce Investment Board. Craig is the author of God Left Manor Farm and was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the Staffing Industry by Staffing Industry Review in 2012.
Craig earned a Master of Laws degree from the University of San Diego, his Juris Doctor from Hastings College of Law, and degrees in business administration and economics from California State University, Chico. He was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1990.