Nelson O. Bunn Director
Nelson joins NDAA with comprehensive experience across Congress, federal agencies, and the criminal justice system stakeholder community. Nelson served as the Director of Government Affairs for The Charles Group in Washington, DC, where among other clients, he represented the Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA), an organization representing elected sheriffs from counties with populations over 500,000 people and collectively representing over 100 million Americans. Nelson was the primary voice for those sheriffs in DC and successfully grew membership and the influence of MCSA into one of the leading voices on law enforcement issues among agency and Congressional staff. Additionally, he cultivated relationships among other criminal justice stakeholders and outside organizations resulting in steadfast partnerships and even several grant and technical assistance opportunities. Nelson also brings federal agency experience as he spent time in the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. With that experience, he brings insight into crisis response programs and emerging technologies in the first responder community.
Nelson graduated from Washington & Lee University with a double major in Politics and Spanish in 2008. In December 2013, he finished his Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in International Law & Organizations from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Nelson is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina.