Leadership changes under way at Northeast Florida nonprofits

Melissa Nelson, CEO and president of the United Way of St. Johns County since 2014, has been named the new leader of the state United Way network.

The Tallahassee-based network represents 28 United Ways on legislative and administrative issues, training and disaster preparation, response and recovery issues, among other things.

“We conducted a comprehensive search for a leader who can take the United Way of Florida to new heights and found the skill set we need in Melissa Nelson,” said Jeff Hayward, network board chairman.

“Melissa possesses the interpersonal skills, business acumen and Florida legislative advocacy experience that make her the perfect choice to lead the organization,” he said.

Nelson’s appointment is one of several recent leadership changes and additions at the nonprofits area.

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