Akoya Nelson is Coordinator-St. Jude Global Operations.
Akoya’s expertise in digital media and program development will provide fresh new insights and focus on the St. Jude Global Alliance Community and related tools.
Akoya worked as the Assistant to the Director of Recruiting at the University of Memphis for several years, gaining valuable experience in marketing strategies, website content, event promotion, and building vendor relationships. As a member of the football staff, Akoya played an intricate part in the recruiting and operations efforts. Those efforts produced an American Athletic Conference Championship and the first-ever Cotton Bowl appearance in 2019. She has experience leading multiple projects, including the Reading Challenge that connected elementary students to the University and the Football Student Ambassador program that created involvement opportunities for college students.
She has a passion for helping others, which is what led her to St. Jude. The experience she gained by working with diverse populations attributed to her interest in the Department of Global Pediatric Medicine. She is thrilled at the opportunity to join St. Jude.
Although Akoya is a native Tennessean, she is an adopted Memphian. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at the University of Memphis. As an avid sports fan, she enjoys attending live sporting events, concerts and discovering new restaurants.