Annette Nelson Tapped to Lead Non-Profit Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE) as New Chief Executive Officer

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Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®) has named Annette Nelson as CEO of the global non-profit organization that supports the care and parenting of newborns, infants and the very young worldwide through education, effective May 18, 2015.

Annette Nelson, CEO, Resources for Infant Educarers

Annette Nelson, CEO, Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE)

Annette brings a strong balance of knowledge, skills, thoughtfulness and enthusiasm to continue expanding RIE’s outreach to parents, professionals and our members.

Following a national search, the Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®) Board of Directors has unanimously selected Annette Nelson as CEO of the international non-profit organization, effective Monday, May 18, 2015.

Nelson will report directly to RIE’s Board Chair Dave Ryan as she works toward building on the organization’s track record of success through further developing its business vision, enhancing the impact of its global programs, and expanding community engagement, in full alignment with its mission. She is expected to achieve goals for continued financial growth by taking the organization to its next level in many additional areas of focus, including oversight of marketing, community relations, fund development, program growth and long-range planning. Annette will also serve as the chief spokesperson, representing RIE to internal and external constituencies and stakeholders.

“Annette brings a strong balance of knowledge, skills, thoughtfulness and enthusiasm to continue expanding RIE’s outreach to parents, professionals and our members, while enriching relationships with our Associates,” said Ryan. “She has clearly demonstrated a passion for non-profits and empowering others to play to their own strengths in her previous leadership roles in the growth of several professional organizations. As a marketing executive and consultant, Annette is also familiar with the needs of a small entrepreneurial company such as RIE, as well as the possibilities of a larger organization.”

With a proven track record for driving strategic growth, operational change and organizational excellence in leading non-profit and for-profit organizations, Nelson has held senior positions with the National Conference of State Legislatures, American Bar Association and California Society of CPAs. Her key areas of expertise include enhancing revenues, improving customer service, managing organizational change, increasing operational efficiencies and facilitating strategic planning initiatives. A California resident, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from Purdue University and a Master of Arts in Advertising from Michigan State University.

Nelson commented, “It is truly my privilege and honor to be entrusted by the RIE Board of Directors to serve as Chief Executive Officer of this organization at such a pivotal time in its history, and I am excited to join an entrepreneurial non-profit with such significant potential for worldwide growth. I look forward to working with the leadership to advance the organizational goals of enhancing resources and expanding capacity, while widening the reach, recognition and respect of Magda Gerber’s innovative Educaring® approach for families around the globe.”

Interim CEO and RIE Board Vice Chair, Christina Suter, who filled this leadership position for several months during the national search, said, “I am deeply excited that we have found someone who is both passionate about non-profit and so perfectly qualified for this position. I have the utmost faith in Annette’s ability to lead RIE exactly where it needs to go as an international organization that serves families with infants from the USA to New Zealand.”

Founded in 1978 by infant specialist and educator Magda Gerber, RIE® is an international, non-profit educational organization dedicated to improving the quality of care for infants and the very young around the globe. RIE provides classes, workshops, conferences, and mentoring for parents and professionals, based upon Gerber’s respectful Educaring® approach, to enhance the lives of adults and the babies they care for. To learn more, visit

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