Russ has extensive Product and Program Management experience at leading high-tech software companies. He is currently Head of Product at Vendini.com, a leader in box office management, event logistics/marketing, and fundraising solutions. Previously, Mr. Nelson worked for VolunteerMatch.org, salesforce.com, and PeopleSoft in Product and Program Management roles.
Mr. Nelson joined the Board in 2009, and his involvement as a board member is the culmination of a lifelong passion for caring about the animals that share our communities and our lives. He grew up in rural California with cats, dogs, birds, and a variety of other rescued animals. The inspirational work of the SF SPCA has amplified his conviction to promote and improve the treatment and welfare of animals in need.
Mr. Nelson is a woodworker, an ultra-marathon runner, and guardian to an Australian Shepherd named Boomer. He holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from U.C. Davis and an MBA from CSU.