Candace Tiana Nelson

Candace Tiana Nelson

Candace Tiana Nelson, a resident of the Brightwood Community in Ward 4 since June 2007, is no stranger to the Ward 4 Democrats of Washington, DC. Since September 2007, she has been an active member of the Executive Committee. On July 8, 2015 she was elected President. Her nine (9) years of service to the Ward for Democrats includes two (2) years as co-chair of the Legislative Committee, four (4) years as the organization’s Treasurer, two (2) years as First Vice President, and one (1) year as President. Additionally, she has held a leadership role in the planning of the Ethel Delaney Lee Dinner, currently the organization’s main fundraising event, by coordinating the awardees’ interviews and helping to produce the video of the awardees.

Candace’s involvement in the Democratic Party is long-standing, beginning in high school with the Virginia Young Democrats. While in Richmond, VA, she received a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) and worked on the “Mark Warner for Senate” campaign, in the Virginia General Assembly for The Honorable Frank Ruff, and in VCU’s Office of the Distinguished Professor, Virginia’s former governor, and Richmond’s former mayor, The Honorable L. Douglas Wilder. She was also elected Student Body President and served on the Honors Council.

Professionally, Candace serves as a Program Manager in Director’s Office at the DC Department of Employment Services (DOES), managing a small team of analysts who are responsible for Service Quality, Performance and Continuous Improvement. She works with all agency programs by developing key performance indicators and directs the development and implementation of the agency dashboard to track all performance related measures. Her team functions as the agency’s “fix-it” team, helping programs tackle deficiencies by providing problem analysis and intensive support and guidance. This team is also responsible for regularly delivering programmatic updates and performance data to the Executive Office of the Mayor, the Office of the City Administrator, and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity.

Prior to joining DOES, she served as Operations and Legislative Analyst at the DC Department of Human Services (DHS) where she focused on policy from an operations standpoint and implementing the agency’s legislative initiatives, including preparation for performance and budget oversight hearings held by the Council of the District of Columbia. Her position required her to interact and coordinate with every part of the agency, as well as, the Executive Office of the Mayor and the Council of the District of Columbia.

Prior to joining DHS, Candace served as a Policy Analyst for women’s issues in the District of Columbia’s Executive Office of the Mayor. Her professional career has also had her working in government or intergovernmental affairs as the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development’s Senior Advisor for Legislative and Community Affairs, as Manager of External Affairs at the Washington, DC Economic Partnership, and Assistant to the Vice President for DC Affairs at Pepco.


  • First Vice President, Ward 4 Democrats 2013 – 2015
  • Treasurer, Ward 4 Democrats 2009 – 2013
  • Member, DC Women’s Democratic Club 2009 – Present
  • Chair, Legislative Committee, DC Federation of Democratic Women 2009 – 2012
  • Member, Technical Advisory Committee, So Others Might Eat Center for Employment Training 2009 – 2012
  • Secretary and Community Liaison, Rittenhouse Condo Association Board 2007 – Present
  • Member, Women in Government Relations 2007 – Present
  • Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, Ward 4 Democrats 2007 – 2009
  • Member, Ward 8 Economic Development Summit Planning Committee 2007 – 2009
  • Member, Councilmember Tommy Wells’ H Street Task Force 2007
  • Member, Ward 5 Community Development Summit Planning Committee 2007
  • Awardee, Voice of the Student Body Award, Virginia Commonwealth University 1998
  • Member, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 1997 – Present