linksYX NELSON

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY

Manager of Careers in Science, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco 2/99-present

Intern Program Coordinator, California Academy of Sciences 9/96-2/99

Community Outreach Co-coordinator, California Academy of Sciences 2/96-8/96

Camp Academy Assistant Coordinator, California Academy of Sciences 4/95-2/96

Family Activity Day Coordinator, Coyote Pt. Museum for Environmental Ed., San Mateo 8/94-8/95

Environmental Educator, Wave Hill, Bronx, New York 9/93-6/94

Biology Instructor, Science/ Technology Entry Program, New York, New York 6/93-6/94

Nature Specialist, A.C.T. Programs, New York, New York 9/90-6/93

 

 

 

 

 

 

OTHER PROJECTS

Consultant, Friends of the Urban Forest, San Francisco 12/00-present

Provide summary analysis of current educational programs. Work with staff to develop goals and strategies to plan the integration and expansion of environmental education programs over a three-year period.

Co-founder and Steering Committee Member, WEYA! Regional Network, Western U.S. 3/98-present

Co-founded collaboration of 13 science education organizations in Utah, Nevada and California to provide professional development for youth programming professionals targeting underserved youth. Elected member of Steering Committee 6/99 to present. Served as elected Chair 6/99- 7/00.

Member, Youth Programs Advisory Council, Washington, D.C. 1/00-10/00

Appointed to 5-person council to advise and inform the Association of Science-Technology Centers on issues of youth and youth programming in informal science institutions.

Chair, YouthALIVE! Steering Committee, Washington, D.C. 1998-1999

Elected to steering committee of national initiative of the Dewitt Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund to provide opportunities for low-income youth in science centers, zoos, and aquaria. Elected Secretary of Steering Committee in 1998 and Chair in 1999.

Facilitator, "Taking Stock," Edmonton, Alberta 10/98

Facilitated introductory session on program evaluation for youth programming professionals.

Consultant, Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA 10/98

Trained staff to incorporate issues of adolescent development into a teen work program.

Co-chair, "Taking Root," Baltimore, MD 3/98

Facilitated 4-day conference for youth program professionals focusing on program sustainability.

Consultant, Roberson Science Center, Binghamton, NY 11/97

Mentored the development of a work-based youth development program.

Presenter, "Touching Communities through Outreach," Pittsburgh, PA 10/96

Led session on community partnerships in environmental education at annual conference of Association of Science-Technology Centers.

 

EDUCATION

Columbia University, B.A. cum laude in Political Science and Environmental Science. 5/93 Awarded departmental honors in Political Science. Awarded college grant for "Urban Naturalist" project.