Roxey Nelson

Commissioner Roxey Nelson was appointed to the Commission in 2020 by Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. She is currently the vice president and assistant regional director for 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East in Florida. Representing more than 25,000 healthcare workers throughout Florida and over 400,000 nationally; 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-growing healthcare union in America. In her current role, Nelson centers 1199SEIU Florida region’s core strategic growth initiatives and manages all aspects of organizational design, development, & change across the state.

For over 20 years of her career, she has learned to center her work around the knowledge that winning organizational cultures are cultivated when we foster interpersonal trust, encourage organizational learning, and continually facilitate processes to align purpose, vision, mission, & strategy. She leverages the wisdom of the “natural world” to build human ecosystems that are adaptive, sustainable, & regenerative. Nelson believes in the transformative power of organized people, is inspired by the movement for social justice, and is committed to the idea that personal and collective liberation is made possible when each of us shifts our attention inward.

A masterful organizer and campaigner, Nelson has managed and advised on hundreds of electoral, issue, and legislative campaigns. Her career highlights include organizing the largest for-profit hospital labor worker drive in the southern united states in decades; leading a successful ten million dollar statewide independent expenditure campaign to re-elect President Barack Obama in Florida; leading defensive and offensive federal and state legislative issues campaign efforts including the 2013 effort to expand Medicaid in Florida;  and most recently, serving as a senior advisor for organizing on the Gillum for Governor 2018 campaign.

A result-focused organizational leader, Nelson has designed and championed countless change management interventions to develop & sustain new behaviors and practices in service of meeting growth imperatives. In 2010, Nelson designed and implemented a breakthrough member leadership development program focused on development & integration. The program graduated over 300 leaders, many of whom progressed and took on new roles, adding to organizational capacity. A committed systems innovator, Nelson has managed projects to reimagine existing organizational approaches in the implementation of work, those efforts have resulted in added organizational efficiencies and cost savings.

Nelson’s background spans multiple industries, telecommunications, healthcare, labor relations, government & politics, & non-profit management. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rutgers University and earned a Master of Science degree in Organization Development from Pepperdine University.

Roxey is a rooted native daughter of the island of Grenada, a very proud Jersey girl, who now calls Florida’s west coast – home.