What Mike does at the Foundation
As president & CEO, Mike leverages resources and works collaboratively with a broad spectrum of stakeholders. Mike is responsible for leading the Foundation and increasing its role as a community resource through strategic partnerships, conversations and initiatives.
What Mike did before
Before joining the Foundation, Mike led a strategic reorganization that transformed the children’s museum into the Thinkery, a leader in science, technology, engineering and math education. Prior to joining the museum, Mike directed program development and consulting services for Greenlights, then a start-up nonprofit management service organization. Prior to moving to Austin in 2001, Mike spearheaded the regional expansion of Tides, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that connects donors and doers around common issues and goals.
Mike has served on the boards of several Austin nonprofits including I Live Here, I Give Here, Greenlights, Community Action Network and United Way Capital Area. Nellis was honored with an “Austin Under 40” award and is a graduate of the 2011 Leadership Austin Essential Class.
University of Pittsburgh, BA in Social Work
University of Michigan, Master’s in Social Work
Favorite Austin spot
The Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake