Nelson is LAANE’s Organizing Director. He was born in El Salvador and has lived in Los Angeles since 1980. He began organizing day laborers with IDEPSCA, and later organized with the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON), CLEAN Car Wash Campaign, and the United Steel Workers. He later worked as a labor representative representing public school employees with the California School Employees Association (CSEA). Most recently, he worked as an organizer with the New Orleans Worker Center and the National Guest Worker Alliance, organizing immigrant metal workers in New Orleans’ shipyard industry and organizing guest workers around the country.