Rebecca Nelson

Rebecca Nelson currently serves as the Administrator for Columbus Public Health's Neighborhood Health Division, which includes the sections of Health Equity, Chronic Disease Prevention, and the Institute for Active Living.  

Prior to this role, she served in numerous positions at The Ohio State University, including Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Director of the Multicultural Center, Program Manager for Community Development at the Wexner Medical Center, Assistant Director at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Academic Adviser. 

Rebecca has served on a variety of councils, and commissions, including the Governor’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Council, the Ohio State President’s Council on Diversity, the Ohio State President’s Council on Women, the Ohio State Faculty Senate Diversity Committee, the Infant Mortality Task Force, United Way of Central Ohio’s Race Relations and Diversity Vision Council, and the Ohio State Critical Difference for Women Re-Entry Scholarship Fund.  Her board service has included the Organization of Chinese Americans, Asian American Community Services, the Breathing Association, YWCA, Girl Scouts Seal of Ohio, the Midwest Asian American Student Union, Planned Parenthood, and WAND: Women’s Action for New Directions.

Rebecca received her BA in English and Political Science from Linfield College and her MA in Education from The Ohio State University.  She is also a graduate of Howard University’s Publishing Institute.  Rebecca grew up in Northern Thailand, and is blessed to be mother to the irrepressible Anya Jieling.