Who We Are

National Advisory Board

David Nelson

David Nelson

"Treehouse is a classic case of 1 + 1 = 3. Or maybe 4. Or maybe more. It deals creatively and effectively with challenging issues facing our society, like affordable housing, foster children and senior isolation, among others. Create an environment, get the right people to populate it, and the rest is history. Now, how to replicate this? Big time."

Dave enjoyed a 33-year intrapreneurial career at IBM, focusing on new products, new markets, and services. He was one of the first executives in what is now known as IBM Global Services and lived in Beijing, managing IBM’s largest business unit in China from 1996 to 1998. Fourteen years ago, he retired to seek a second or “encore” career. From 2001 until 2009, Dave was the COO of The National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), a nonprofit, international educational foundation that teaches entrepreneurship to young people from low-income communities, encouraging them to complete their high school educations. For his work at NFTE, Dave was named a 2006 Purpose Prize Fellow, one of seventy Americans whose achievements as a social innovator in an “encore” career were recognized. Dave serves on numerous boards and committees including VaporStream, CenterLight Healthcare, the Literacy Assistance Center, Future First, and the World Affairs Forum. Most recently, he was chair of the AARP Foundation Board and a member of the board of AARP.