Ariel Nelson joined the Office of Government Relations in September of 2014. Prior to joining the office she served as the legislative aide to State Senator Ginny Burdick, where she focused on tax policy, gun safety legislation, and constituent services. Ariel received her introduction to the Oregon Legislature during the 2013 session as an intern with the City of Portland Office of Government Relations.
A Pacific Northwest native, Ariel was raised in Medford, Oregon. She earned her undergraduate degree from Willamette University in Politics and Spanish and her law degree from the University of Oregon with a focus on public interest law and public defense. In her spare time she enjoys hiking and camping on the West Coast.