Kevin Nelson

Urban Governance Lead, Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

Kevin Nelson is the Urban Governance Lead for the Governance Team within the Bureau of Development, Democracy and Innovation at USAID. In this role, he chairs the Urban Expert Working Group, composed of Agency technical experts who focus on urban work. USAID promotes a cross-sectoral systems approach to development connecting urban programming on gender, infrastructure, economic development, resilience, water and sanitation, among other issues. He also coordinates donor engagement and leads efforts to support the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, Mr. Nelson is coordinating USAID’s strategic thinking about the role cities and urban areas have in driving national economies, promoting democracy and governance and addressing climate change, anti-corruption, violence prevention and supporting local solutions to municipal service delivery. Mr. Nelson brings over 25 years of direct experience working with local governments, cities, and regional councils of government to identify urban issues and develop relevant solutions that produce expected results and advance opportunities for sustainable living and prosperity. Mr. Nelson holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois and a bachelor’s degree in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame.