Senior Vice President, Government Relations
Nelson Peacock serves as the Senior Vice President for Government Relations at the University of California Office of the President. In this role he oversees state and federal governmental relations for the University of California.
Prior to joining UCOP in 2014, Peacock was appointed by President Obama as the Assistant Secretary for Legislative Affairs for the Department of Homeland Security. Nelson also served on the transition team for the incoming Obama/Biden Administration, in addition to five years as Senior Counsel for then-Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 1998, Nelson was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the Deputy Director for Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Department of Justice. Nelson was also a key member of General Wesley Clark’s 2004 presidential campaign. Other accomplishments include playing a key role in developing and passing into law the PROTECT Our Children Act, signed by President Bush on October 13, 2008.Nelson was born and raised in the state of Arkansas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Juris Doctor from University of Arkansas and a Masters of Law from George Washington University School of Law. Nelson currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two children.