Kimberly Nelson is a professor of public administration and government at the School of Government at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Her research and teaching interests focus on local government management, local government form and structure, innovation, and corruption.  Her research on the effects of form of government on municipal performance, corruption, and innovation have been published in leading journals including Public Administration Review, The American Review of Public Administration, and State and Local Government Review.  She is also co-author of the book Managing Local Government: An Essential Guide for Municipal and County Managers.

Dr. Nelson uses her research experience to inform her client work with local governments in strategic planning, organization structure, leadership, and improving local government-administrative relations.