Nels is married to Alexis Henderson and they are parents to an eight year-old who is entering 3rd grade at Vieja Valley this fall. In his spare time, Nels enjoys cooking, reading, creating art, playing chess, watching soccer and spending time with his family.
Nels Henderson has been a Senior Web Project Manager for Citrix System's SaaS Division in Goleta for over six years. Prior to that, he was a freelance graphic design, marketing and political consultant for over 20 years. Also an educator, he has served as adjunct faculty for Antioch University Santa Barbara on a part-time basis for over 15 years and was a non-credentialed computer lab instructor for Roosevelt School in the early 90s.
Nels has held numerous leadership positions for non-profit boards of directors and political organizations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In 1990, Nels was the youngest elected chair of a political party county central committee in the State of California. He has also served as President of the Board of Directors for Sarah House, Citizens Planning Association and Citizens Planning Foundation.
He has been an aide to the Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum, former County Supervisor Gloria Ochoa, State Senator Gary K. Hart and the late Rep. Walter Capps.
His consulting clients have included Mayor Marty Blum, Earl Warren Showgrounds, State Street Ballet, CALM, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, Antioch University and the California Coast Venture Forum.
Nels received his BA in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University. He is an adjunct faculty member teaching management and marketing-related courses.
Relationships between teachers and students in the classroom are most important to me. Time and again, the most effective education programs concentrate on people. I know our children need teachers, a school and administration that believes in them. Only by working together can we attract and retain talented teachers, engage students in a challenging curriculum and inspire parents to be involved in their children’s education.
Our schoolsʼ financial health is a priority and I am committed to spending your tax dollars wisely.
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Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara City Council Member Gregg Hart
Goleta Council Member Roger Aceves
Goleta Council Member Tony Vallejo
Kate Parker, President, Santa Barbara School District
H. Edward Heron, Vice President, Santa Barbara School District
Monique Limon, Santa Barbara School District
Brian Robinson, Partners in Education Board Former Mayor and SBCC Trustee Marty Blum
Ed Fuller, President of SB Association of Realtors
Russ & Kim Jeter
Carolyn and Gerard Marceda
Nels Henderson for Hope School Board 2014 | ID # TBA