Nels with his daughter Hannah and wife Alexis
Nels is married to Alexis Henderson and they are parents to an eight year-old who is entering 3rd grade in the Hope District this fall. In his spare time, Nels enjoys cooking, reading, creating art, playing chess, watching soccer and spending time with his family.
Nels Henderson has been a Senior Web Project Manager for Citrix System's SaaS Division in Goleta for over six years. Prior to that, he was a freelance graphic design, marketing and political consultant for over 20 years. Also an educator, he has served as adjunct faculty for Antioch University Santa Barbara on a part-time basis for over 15 years and was a non-credentialed computer lab instructor for Roosevelt School in the early 90s.
Nels has held numerous leadership positions for non-profit boards of directors and political organizations in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. In 1990, Nels was the youngest elected chair of a political party county central committee in the State of California. He has also served as President of the Board of Directors for Sarah House, Citizens Planning Association and Citizens Planning Foundation.
He has been an aide to the Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum, former County Supervisor Gloria Ochoa, State Senator Gary K. Hart and the late Rep. Walter Capps.
His consulting clients have included Mayor Marty Blum, Earl Warren Showgrounds, State Street Ballet, CALM, Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, Antioch University and the California Coast Venture Forum.
Nels received his BA in Political Science at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and holds a Master's Degree in Organizational Management from Antioch University. He is an adjunct faculty member teaching management and marketing-related courses.