Jeff Nelson


Co-Founder & Executive Director, Urban Students Empowered

Today, compared to a few decades ago, a college degree is a prerequisite for success on every level.

Jeff Nelson has led US Empowered since March 2007, guiding vast programmatic expansion and strategy planning efforts. Jeff began his career as a Teach For America corps member at O'Keeffe Elementary School on Chicago's South Side. In one year, Jeff led his sixth grade students to an average of two years' growth in math. Nelson later served as a Teach For America Corps Member Advisor and was awarded the Sue Lehmann Award for Excellence in Teaching for the entire Chicago Region.



Saturday, October 15

CIW Talk: Education

Does an A+ mean everything? What are the biggest problems facing America?s education system? Presenters discuss their concerns and aspirations... read more
Speakers: Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Jeff Nelson, Tim King, Soledad O'Brien and more speakers to be announced
University of Chicago: Ida Noyes Hall 1212 East 59th Street
Monday, October 10

CIW Talk: Social Entrepreneurship

The convergence of the for-profit and non-profit sector is completely reshaping our experience as consumers and the nature of the economy. What is... read more
Speakers: Leila Janah, Jeff Nelson, Dave Gilboa, Scott Harrison, David Bornstein, David Murphy, Robert Fogarty, Emma Clippinger
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art 220 East Chicago Avenue


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