Michael D. Nelson

Senior Advisor
Office Denver

Michael has spent the past twenty years shaping the legislative, regulatory, and public policy landscape for energy, media, and technology companies.  Believing that every day starts at zero, Michael brings a competitive drive that secures WIN-win outcomes for his clients.  Having broad experience across diverse business functions, combined with experience working across a diverse client base allows Michael to develop solutions many cannot see.  Deep focus on small details and strong organization skills enables Michael to manage multiple projects simultaneously.  Michael’s peers say trademark has been his ability to create deep and meaningful relationships with key players and coworkers.  Michael quickly builds trust through his ability to connect with people to quickly understanding their motivations and goals.  Known as a fair player who plays the long game, Michael assures even his opposition walks away feeling they were treated fair and heard.  Michael has a passion for leadership and assuring his team is growing, and all are rowing in towards the common goal.

Representative Engagements
  • Directed the regulatory strategy and activities for a major CLEC across the western states
  • Created and managed multiple third party groups to assist in advocacy for client efforts.
  • Negotiated, at the time, the largest economic development incentive package in Colorado history
  • Managed the transition of the existing traditional circuit switched phone service to VoIP with a dozen Public Utility Commissions.
  • Drafted and lobbied legislation deregulating IP-enabled services in Colorado
  • Secured tax credits for the client for filming numerous television and movie projects: Fast & Furious, Top Chef, Gold Diggers
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  • Awards:
    • Governor awarded signature pen for legislative technology reform package
    • US Attorney General Award for Leadership regarding National Data Retention Leadership
    • Governor awarded signature pen for Rural Broadband Legislation
    • US Attorney for Colorado Troy Eid presented Award for Appreciation regarding Project Safe Childhood
  • Leadership positions
    • Co-Chair, Colorado Broadband Deployment Board
    • President, Colorado Cable Telecommunications Association
    • Board Member, Colorado Competitive Council
    • Founding Board Member (former Chair), Internet Safety Foundation
    • Board Member, Silicon Flatirons Telecommunications Program
    • Founding Board Member (Former President), North Star Academy
    • Governor Appointee, Colorado Charter School Authorization Board
    • Founding Board Member, Sky View Academy
    • Board Member, Governor’s Innovation Council
    • Community Advisory Council, Douglas County School District
    • Member, Douglas County Higher Education Taskforce
    • Member, Multiple Governor Transition Teams
    • Coach / Coordinator, Special Olympics of South Dakota
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