Kim Nelson started her career with Riverland in November of 2017 as the Director of Grants and Alumni Relations. In January of 2022 Kim was named the Director of Career and Community Connections. As a member of the Advancement team, she will carry out the work of launching our Career Connections program which seeks to strengthen and form new mutually beneficial partnerships with industry partners who hire Riverland graduates. She brings passion for Riverland and experience in developing relations with community partners in Albert Lea, Austin, and Owatonna.
Kim came to Riverland with significant experience in community outreach and program development. She brings organizational management experience through her work as a director of non-profit childcare center to the position and the college. Because the position is flexible, she travels to all three campuses. While at those sites she will build relationships with staff, faculty, and students. She loves her position at Riverland and feels blessed to have been given the opportunity to work for such a great organization.
Grant writing and Project Management
Albert Lea Freeborn County Chamber of Commerce Board Member
Albert Lea Convention and Visitors Bureau Board Member
Blue Zones Leadership Team
Albert Lea Education Foundation
Albert Lea School Board Member
Chamber Foundation, Albert Lea Freeborn County
Beegle Certified Poverty Coach
Graduate of Albert Lea Community Leadership Program
Graduate of Owatonna Community Leadership Program
Graduate of Blandin Leadership Program
Certified Grant Writer
Past Chair of the Chamber and CVB boards
Volunteer of the Year-Albert Lea 2010
Kim is married to husband Jeff. They have two children Adam and Sydney. They live on a farm in rural Albert Lea with their dog, Ruby. She enjoys high school and college sports, Kim and her family love to travel!