Matthew J. Nelson

Executive Director with Arizona Trail Association


Matthew J. Nelson is the Executive Director of the Arizona Trail Association. Among his contributions to the Arizona National Scenic Trail over the past 18 years are trail design, archaeological surveys, volunteer trail construction, and explorations of the AZT on foot, mountain bike and horseback. He accepted the position of Executive Director in 2012 and has grown the organization’s operating budget by 400% of its previous size. His innovative approach to nonprofit leadership, natural resource management, marketing and developing partnerships helps sustain the Arizona Trail as well as the 30 gateway communities located within the trail corridor.