Ken Nelson brings a wealth of experience from the private and public sectors. After graduating from Colorado State University, he spent more than 30 years in the broadcast industry, first as an anchorman and reporter covering state and local governments, then in management positions in television newsrooms. Later Ken moved into corporate communications, working on a variety of projects with top-level management at McDonald’s Corporation and other large companies.
Ken and his wife Carol moved to Rolling Meadows in 1985 and became active in the community. Ken was appointed to the Plan Commission and later was elected as alderman representing the First Ward. He’s been involved in a number of projects in the community including chairing the Economic Development Committee for the past seven years, hosting many events including the Christmas tree lighting and the dedication of the carillon and serving on a number of ad hoc committees.
Ken has also been actively involved in regional activities as well. He currently serves on the Northwest Municipal Conference Sensible Growth Committee and is a member of the Advisory Committee to the William Rainey Harper Journalism Department.
Ken and Carol have three children. A grown daughter in Colorado served as a deputy sheriff before giving that up for the even harder job of raising four sons. Two younger daughters are students at Willow Bend School in Rolling Meadows. All are active in their church, where both Ken and Carol have served as deacons and elders.