Spencer Nelson worked alongside the Municipal Integrity team for a year, before joining in January 2016. Spencer researches best practices across cities to help design and substantiate recommendations for clients. He concentrates on policies that increase transparency, reduce corruption vulnerabilities and bolster government accountability. Spencer works to build integrity-focused initiatives, often managing partnerships with external stakeholders to complement the team’s efforts.
Prior to joining the team, Spencer built a nationwide survey of municipal integrity systems for Bloomberg Associates. The expansive report covered fifty-seven cities, attempting to centralize knowledge in a fragmented field and gather best practices from across the country. Spencer also surveyed municipal contracting transparency systems, developing expertise he leverages for client cities. Before joining Bloomberg, he interned for JP Morgan Asset Management and worked for the award-winning historian Jennifer Burns.
Spencer graduated from Stanford University in 2014, with a B.A. in history and a minor in philosophy.