A graduate of Harvard College, Mecca Billings Nelson has more than twenty years of professional experience in fundraising. In March 2011 she founded Billings Consulting Group, a full-service fundraising consulting firm. Since founding Billings Consulting Group, her fundraising counsel has directed more than $10 million to her clients.

Prior to starting her company, Ms. Billings Nelson was the Director of Development for The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA for five years. At The Marine Mammal Center she managed the strategy and execution of its capital and annual operating campaigns. 

When Ms. Billings Nelson joined the Center in July 2006, it had secured $17 million for its capital campaign over a six year period. Under Ms. Billings Nelson’s leadership, the Center secured over $14 million in additional commitments to its capital campaign, including a $1 million challenge grant from the Packard Foundation (which she negotiated) and a $500,000 challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation in less than three years.  

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