Nellie Tsai

Social Innovation Officer
Michigan Nonprofit Association

Detroit, Michigan

As the Social Innovation Officer, Nellie Tsai leads the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s commitment and strategy to be an equitable and inclusive organization. Working across the organization, she helps lead initiatives that  innovate and improve their core services. Nellie previously served as the Community and Civic Engagement Director. In this capacity, she was the Deputy Campaign Manager for the Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign, a collaborative, coordinated, statewide effort to mobilize nonprofits across the state to encourage participation in the 2020 census. Prior to this role, Nellie led MNA’s K-12 civic leadership program that connected youth to community causes and issues.

Her past work experiences include leadership roles in charter school operations, corporate social responsibility, nonprofit development, and program management. Nellie is an AmeriCorps alumna, and proudly serves on the Associate Board of City Year Detroit and  the Volunteer Engagement Committee of the United Way for Southeastern Michigan. She is a year four fellow of the Detroit Equity Action Lab, an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights  at Wayne State University. Nellie resides in Detroit with her family and holds a dual degree in Business (MBA) and Educational Studies (MA) from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (Go Blue!).