Other civic and community board and member affiliations include the Economic Club of Detroit, life member and being appointed and reappointed to the State Board of Ethics.

Formerly, Mr. Nelson was an appointed public member to the Board of Optometry, and served as Chair of the Jurisprudence and Disciplinary Sub-Committees; was a board member of the Girl Scout Council of Southeastern Michigan; Vice Chair and First Vice President of Booker T. Washington Business Association; former chair for the City of Troy’s Personnel Board; former member of the Detroit Workplace Development Commission Executive Committee; former board member of the Optimist Youth Foundation of Detroit; former board member of the Optimist Club of Northwest Detroit; and former board member of Detroit City Year. He was also a former trustee of the Detroit Historical Society, Michigan Library and Historical Center and Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan.