Nelson Peacock joined the Northwest Arkansas Council as president and CEO in 2017 after working as a senior vice president of government affairs for the University of California Office of the President.
Prior to that, Nelson was appointed by President Barack Obama to lead the Office of Legislative Affairs for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where was responsible for all aspects of the department’s interactions with Congress on issues related to counter terrorism, immigration, cyber security and natural disasters. Nelson oversaw the congressional teams of seven operational agencies of Homeland Security, including the Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Administration.
Nelson also served as senior counsel to Senator Joe Biden on the Judiciary Committee of the United States Senate where he advised the future President on homeland security, crime and intellectual property issues.
Nelson has a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas and Masters of Arts from the George Washington University School of Law.