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Mark R. Nelson

​​Mark Nelson's photoMark is not a status quo type of person, and likes to use his education and experience to strengthen the work of others. That probably explains his interest in working in, with, and for organizations and industries with immense potential for creating positive change in the world—like associations and education.

Today, that takes the form of Executive Director for the Computer Science Teachers Association, a dynamic and growing professional organization with more than 26,000 members committed to empowering and advocating for K-12 CS teachers worldwide. Previously, Mark engaged others in his passion for innovation in roles like consultant, CIO, entrepreneur, faculty member, research fellow, user support specialist, and programmer, along with other roles that include many volunteer efforts and leadership positions.​

In 2013 Mark's peers selected him as one of today's most innovative association executives.  Over his career, he received awards for teaching, research, volunteerism and his executive skills. Over that span he also participated in 100+ emerging technology initiatives, developed and delivered 30+ articles and 1000+ hours of education on a range of topics that include innovation and emerging technology management, data analytics, IT leadership and strategy, and select edtech and learning technologies. 

Mark's alphabet soup of credentials include a PhD in Information Science, an MBA, a BS in Computer Science, and a CAE (Certified Association Executive) designation. Raised in a rural community, and growing up in a multi-generational family business, Mark values the concepts of community, collaboration and openness to new perspectives, and tries to incorporate those values into his professional relationships.