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Alisha Nelson

Director of RecoveryOhio

Alisha Nelson currently serves as the Director for RecoveryOhio, a new initiative designated within the Office of the Governor to fight Ohio’s public health crisis focusing on mental health and addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery support services. 

Before her time in the Governor’s Office, Nelson served as the Director for Substance Use Policy Initiatives in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. While at the Attorney General’s Office, Nelson co-chaired the Ohio Joint Study on Drug Use Prevention Education which developed the Drug Use Prevention Education Resource Guide, which has been shared with schools and community prevention organizations statewide.

She has also served on Attorney General DeWine’s Insurer Task Force to assist in the development of recommendations to help eight of Ohio’s largest healthcare insurers address the opiate epidemic. Prior to her state work, Nelson worked for the Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health (ADAMH) Board of Franklin County.

Nelson holds a bachelor’s degree in strategic communication from The Ohio State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Ohio Dominican University. She cares deeply about improving the care and support for those who struggle with mental illness and substance use disorders and their families. A native of Akron, Nelson now lives in Central Ohio with her husband and three children.