Lori Nelson

Chamber President
6625 Lyndale Ave S, Ste #440
Richfield, MN 55423
(612) 866-5100 | Email

Lori Nelson has been the President of the Richfield Chamber of Commerce since April 2015. As President, she serves as the official spokesperson of the Chamber and the administrative officer for the organization. The President is responsible for implementation of policies and procedures and for advancing the strategic direction of the Chamber. In addition, this role serves as the connection to the general membership and Board of Directors while managing the operating budget, planning events and spearheading community relations.

Lori brings over 20 years of experience in non-profit and organizational management to the position of Chamber President. Prior to joining the Chamber, she was the Executive Director of Friends of the Minnesota Valley for 12 years and the Heartland Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association for over 7 years.

Lori Nelson Grew up in St. Cloud, MN and later graduated from St. Cloud State University (summa cum laude) with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Geography. Lori then moved to the Twin Cities in 1988 to attend Hamline University School of Law (now Mitchell Hamline School of Law); graduating in 1991 with a Juris Doctor (J.D) degree. Lori then passed the Minnesota State Bar Exam and became a licensed attorney.

In addition to extensive management experience, Lori has a strong background in community engagement, political action and advocacy, including as a candidate for the Minnesota State Senate in 1992. Lori has lobbied at the local, state and federal levels, for professional associations and law firms, including North State Advisors, the law firm of Larkin Hoffman Daly and Lindgren, The Builders Association of Minnesota, and Conservation Minnesota (then the MN League of Conservation Voters). Through her work with advocacy organizations, Lori developed a reputation for being able to work with a variety of stakeholders with diverse opinions and political affiliations, finding common ground and forging solutions to challenging problems. Much of this work required Lori to recruit and develop leaders within communities to solidify networks for support and implementation of programs, and for fostering collaborative relationships between local citizens, their communities and government entities. These skills make Lori especially adept at serving as an advocate for Chamber members when needed.