Shawn Nelson, Supervisor
Orange County 4th District

Shawn Nelson was first elected to the Board of Supervisors in a special election on June 8, 2010. Finishing first in a field of six candidates, he took office on June 22, 2010. He won re-election during the November 2nd 2010 general election to a full four-year term, receiving 63% of the vote. He was re-elected to a second four-year term on June 3, 2014 with over 83% of votes cast.

Prior to serving on the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Shawn Nelson was elected to the Fullerton City Council in November 2002, and was re-elected in November 2004 and 2008. He served as Mayor in 2004-05 and 2006-07 and as Mayor Pro Tem in 2003-04. A native Californian, Supervisor Nelson was born in Lynwood and raised in Fullerton. The Sunny Hills High School graduate holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from USC, and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University College of Law. He has also studied economics at Harvard University.

An attorney by profession, Supervisor Nelson was the managing partner in the Santa Ana law firm of Rizio and Nelson. He was a civil litigator and represented small business owners and individuals in a variety of legal matters. He also sits as an arbitrator for the Orange County Bar Association. Supervisor Nelson served eight years as the City’s representative to the Board of Directors of the Orange County Water District.

Supervisor Nelson was honored to serve as Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors in 2013 and 2014 as well as Chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority in 2014. In addition to continuing to serve on the Board of Supervisors and OCTA, in 2015-16 Supervisor Nelson was the Chairman of the Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink) and is currently a member of the Orange County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, South Coast Air Quality Management District and Southern California Association of Governments.

Active in the community, Supervisor Nelson is a member of the Fullerton Elks Lodge, and the Orange County Bar Association. He is actively involved as a member of Zion Lutheran Church and has spent many years involved in youth sports in Fullerton. Supervisor Nelson was named the “Local Elected Official for 2009” by the Orange County Republican Party. Supervisor Nelson and his wife, Sharon, have three children: Kathryn, Shane, and Amanda.

Board of Supervisors Appointments 2018

Each January, the Orange County Board of Supervisors appoints its members and staff to various local and regional agencies for the remainder of the year, in addition to their regular duties at the County of Orange. These agencies oversee concerns such as transportation, housing and parks, among others.

  • Board of Supervisors, Vice Chairman
  • Southern California Regional Rail Authority (Metrolink)
  • Orange County Housing Authority Board of Commissioners
  • Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA)
  • South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
  • Transportation Corridor Agency – Foothill/Eastern
  • Orange County Parks Foundation
  • Orange County Sanitation District, Alternate
  • Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
  • Santa Ana River Flood Control Protection Agency
  • Audit Oversight Committee, Alternate
  • Emergency Management Council, Alternate
  • One Water, One Watershed

In addition, Supervisor Nelson serves as an alternate for the:

  • California State Association of Counties
  • OC Operational Area Executive Board
  • Urban County Caucus