On December 19, 2012, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon appointed Doug Nelson to the cabinet post of Commissioner of Office of Administration, after he served as Acting Commissioner since February of 2012.
The Office of Administration is the administrative and managerial arm of Missouri State Government, the Commissioner serves as Chief Administrator with oversight of the seven divisions of the Office of Administration.
The Commissioner serves on the following Boards:
- Board of Fund Commissioners
- Board of Unemployment Fund Financing
- Minority Business Advocacy Commission
- Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP)
- Missouri Higher Education Savings Program (MOST)
- Missouri Public Entity Management Fund (MOPERM)
- Missouri State Capitol Commission
- Missouri State Employment Retirement System (MOSERS)
- Petroleum Storage Insurance Tank Fund (PSITF)
Commissioner Nelson attended the University of Missouri-Columbia where he earned a bachelor's degree in psychology. He earned a law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
Commissioner Nelson has a long and distinguished career in public service. After graduation from law school, he served 18 years in the Attorney General's Office. During his service, he held six different positions, the last 10 as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Attorney General. The majority of his time was spent pursuing environmental and consumer protection cases. In his consumer practice, Mr. Nelson oversaw the prosecution of numerous consumer cases and the implementation of the Missouri No-Call List.
In 2009, Mr. Nelson accepted the position of Deputy Commissioner/General Counsel for the Office of Administration. In 2010, Mr. Nelson began his tenure as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Governor's Office. In that role Mr. Nelson primarily worked with departments pursuing objectives and maximizing efficient operations.
Commissioner Nelson and his wife, Joanne, reside in Columbia with their children, Trey, Paige and Cole.