Smart Growth for a Sustainable Cape Coral.
Jennifer Nelson was raised in Texas. Her mother was born on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia and immigrated to the United States from The Netherlands. Her father was a retired major in the United States Army who served two tours of duty in Vietnam and passed away in 1988. Watching her mother raise three kids with the help of her grandparents Jennifer was inspired to work hard and always give back to the community.
Jennifer Nelson moved to Cape Coral in the Fall of 2008. She had a long career with Goodwill Industries which took her throughout the country from Texas to California and eventually Florida.
Jennifer is the proud mother active twelve-year-old, who attends Trafalgar Middle School.
A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she began her career with Goodwill as a volunteer in 1993. She held several senior level management positions in operations and became an expert in sustainability and recycling through the Goodwill movement nationally and for other Goodwills as well as locally in Florida.
Why She’s Running
When asked why she wants to run, her response is simple, “I am excited to run for District 4 as a concerned mother and citizen for the future of Cape Coral. My daughter and I have called Cape Coral home for more than eight years. I’m hoping to elevate the level of professionalism and leadership on City Council while offering my experience, knowledge, and expertise.”
As a business- minded woman and community leader, she believes that government should have an understanding on how its actions can impact its community from small to large businesses, to teachers, to our children, and our senior citizens.
My platform- Vision, Sustainability, and Transparency
Vision: A goal without a plan is a dream, while a vision is the ability to see the goal with a clear plan on how to achieve it. I am a leader with a vision. I want to work with city staff and our citizens to create a solid plan that helps Cape Coral thrive and offer the best opportunities to its citizens- from retirees, to families, to millennials and businesses.
Sustainability: I will work hard to ensure Cape Coral is sustainable in the future and make our city a place where our children will ultimately want to come back to should they leave to pursue other opportunities. It is important to invest in our children now so they will come back and lead the community where they grew up.
Transparency: I want to help foster a culture of open government that engages the citizens of Cape Coral to improve the city’s services, promote innovation, and create a safe community, all while wisely managing public resources with a view toward achieving greater prosperity.
Making an impact locally is very important to her. Jennifer is on the board for PACE Center for Girls in Lee County and Chairman of The Board for Recycle Florida Today. She was selected in 2014 by Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman to serve on the Lee County Sustainability Advisory Committee. She has been a committee chair for PACE’s Love That Dress event since 2013 and enjoys volunteering her time. Jennifer is a graduate of Leadership Fort Myers and a graduate of Goodwill Industries’ Senior Leadership Program. She is also Kaizen trained in logistics and efficiencies.
Since April 2017, Jennifer joined the Uncommon Friends Foundation where she serves as Executive Director. The Uncommon Friends Foundation promotes character leadership, business ethics and historic preservation.