Bill Nelson Bio

Bill Nelson was elected to the Villa Park City Council in 2014 and currently serves as Mayor for 2017.

Nelson represents Villa Park on both the Orange County Mosquito & Vector Control Board of Trustees and the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors. He is also on the Budget and Finance Committee, Human Resources Committee and the Investment Advisory Committee.Currently a REALTOR® with OC Signature Properties in Orange, California. Nelson began his real estate career after more than 25 years as financial executive for ARCO and Southern California Gas Company.

Nelson served as a Director of the Pacific West Association of REALTORS from 2004 to 2012, serving as the organization’s Secretary/Treasurer in 2005, 2009 and 2011 and as President-Elect in 2006. He has served in a number of key regional, state and national real estate leadership positions including Director of the California Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. Nelson served as the 2007 President of the Pacific West Association of REALTORS®, with over 15,000 members, at the time the largest REALTORS® association in California and the fifth largest in the country.

At ARCO, Nelson served as Controller of ARCO Transportation Alaska, Inc., Director and Treasurer of ARCO’s Alaskan pipelines: ARCO Pipe Line Company and Kuparuk Pipeline Company, Director of Cook Inlet Pipeline Company and Chair of the Trans Alaska Pipeline Accounting Committee.At Southern California Gas Company, Nelson held leadership responsibility for designing, implementing and managing financial systems and operational controls for the natural gas vehicle marketing business unit and for EDS Commercial & Industrial Services’ operations and activities

Nelson serves on the Board of the Institute for Local Government. The Institute for Local Government promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial resources for California communities.

Nelson has served on the Board of the California Special Districts Association in 2011 where he also serves on the Fiscal Committee. He served as President in 2016 and received the Recognition in Special District Governance from the Special District Leadership Foundation.

Nelson serves as a Trustee of the Orange County Cemetery District, where he has served since 2003, he was Chair of the Board in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2017 and is currently Chair of Finance Committee. He has served as a Director of the California Association of Public Cemeteries.

He has served as a member of the Orange County Grand Jury from 2002-2003 where he was Chair of the Administrative Agencies and Orientation Committees. He has served as a Director of the Grand Jurors Association of Orange County from 2006 to 2011.

Nelson is married to Eula Ward, and they have four adult children and have resided in Villa Park for more than 33 years. Nelson has been involved in a number of civic and community activities, including serving as the Chair of the Villa Park Investment Advisory Committee and Treasurer of the Villa Park Community Services Foundation. He was an Assistant Cub Master and Assistant Scout Master of Villa Park’s Troop 850 Cub and Boy Scouts. He served as Vice President of Operations and Manager of a Villa Park Little League team.

Nelson holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Economics from California State University, Dominguez Hills and an Master’s Degree of Business in Finance from the University of Southern California.