Champions of Change
Dr. Claire A. Nelson is the Founder and President of the Institute of Caribbean Studies, the leading Caribbean American diaspora advocacy organization. Under her leadership, ICS has paved the way for the development of stronger US/Caribbean relations by, among other things, advancing exchanges and partnerships with both the US public and private sector -- through forums and conferences, mentoring Caribbean American leaders and organizations around the country, serving as National Profile Partner for Census 2010 and encouraging Caribbean Americans in civic engagement, and promoting the engagement of the Caribbean diaspora in the development agenda of the Caribbean region. An international development expert with over thirty years of experience, Nelson has used her passion and acumen to open doors for the disadvantaged and excluded across the Americas. Nelson, who is an accomplished playwright and Caribbean folkloric performer, holds a Bachelors and Masters in Industrial Engineering from the SUNY at Buffalo and Purdue University respectively, and a Doctorate in Engineering Management from the George Washington University.