About Saxon Nelson
Saxon Nelson serves as RFA’s Director of Community Engagement. He provides leadership, strategic planning, and visioning to RFA to expand community engagement principles and strategies within RFA’s mission, vision, research portfolio, and projects. Nelson is a Philadelphia native and public school graduate.
Before joining RFA, Nelson was a contractor for special projects for the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Office of Postsecondary and Higher Education. There, he focused on efforts to diversify Pennsylvania’s teacher workforce, convening counselors and managing PDE grants and scholarships. Nelson also served as a technical assistance and capacity coordinator for the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Education and its Community Schools Initiative. At the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ), he managed the quality improvement system for out-of-school time programs and developed a local, regional, and national early warning response system.
Nelson has served on and led many boards, including United Communities of Southeast Philadelphia, Youth United for Change, and Greensgrow Farms.