Ms. Nelson is the Director of the Office of Extramural Operations. In this position, which she has held since 2018, she oversees the administrative operations of the extramural program, including grants management, peer review, and clinical trial management and operations. She also manages the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts publication process. As the Executive Secretary of the NIAMS National Advisory Council, she oversees Council operations.

Ms. Nelson joined the NIAMS in September 1999 as the Deputy Grants Management Officer. The next year, she was promoted to become Chief Grants Management Officer.

Prior to coming to NIAMS, Ms. Nelson worked for 20 years in grants management at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).


University of Maryland
B.S., Behavioral and Social Sciences


Chief Grants Management Officer, NIAMS, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Grants Management Officer and Team Leader,
NICHD, NIH, Bethesda, MD

Last Updated: August 2020