Pat Nelson is the Senior Budget Analyst for Coconino Community College. Just prior to joining CCC, Pat was the Financial Analyst for Coconino County’s Office of Planning & Budget. She also has many years of experience in the medical field as a business manager and insurance billing and coding specialist.
Ms. Nelson received her Bachelor’s of Science in Accountancy (managerial) with an emphasis in Computer Information Systems from Northern Arizona University, magna cum laude. Pat is currently pursuing her Master’s of Public Administration at Northern Arizona University and anticipates graduating with her MPA in December 2011.
Having grown up in Flagstaff, Pat is committed to bringing success to her community. During her undergraduate years, Pat studied economics and developed an intense interest and desire to be involved in successful sustainable economic development practices in Flagstaff. She is excited to uncover the many opportunities where she can make a positive impact on her community and influence its success that will enrich the lives of the residents of Flagstaff and the surrounding areas.
Over the years, Pat has served on various boards and/or committees; board alternate since July 2010 for CCC President Leah Bornstein for the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative (SEDI); chair for CCC’s Staff Forum; CCC’s Advocacy Team member; Arts Advisory Committee member as a financial advisor and event planner/volunteer; as a community member for FUSD/Community Budget Committee; GFEC marketing committee member; and as a parent volunteer with the Flagstaff Ski and Snowboard Team and for the Annual Ski Sale and Swap Volunteer. Moreover, she was elected as the first Staff Representative to the President’s Advisory Council (now College Council); winner of CCC’s Employee of the Year award for Leadership; and Public Employee of the Year Award winner as a member of Coconino County’s Office of Planning & Budget team.
Pat’s most significant contribution to her community is ensuring the financial sustainability of Coconino Community College, thus allowing it to continue its core mission of providing quality education to a diverse population of students at an exceptional value. Furthermore, as a member of the SEDI board, she contributes to the economic well-being of the community by fostering and promoting strong and sustainable economic vitality for all residents of Flagstaff, Coconino County, and other surrounding communities.
When she’s not at work, Pat enjoys spending time exploring the desert, camping, river rafting, reading, live music, hiking in northern Arizona, and visiting with family and friends.