Biography - Faye Alexander Nelson
Sphinx Board of Directors
Faye Nelson is vice president of Public Affairs for DTE Energy, (NYSE: DTE) and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. DTE Energy is a Detroit‐based diversified energy company involved in the development and management of energy‐related businesses and services nationwide. Its operating units include an electric utility serving 2.1 million customers in Southeastern Michigan and a natural gas utility serving 1.2 million customers in Michigan. The DTE Energy portfolio also includes nonutility energy businesses focused on power and industrial projects, natural gas pipelines, gathering and storage, and energy marketing and trading. As one of Michigan’s leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress.
Nelson is responsible for DTE’s corporate citizenship strategy and economic development initiatives. Nelson also leads all activities of the DTE Energy Foundation, a separate philanthropic organization funded by DTE Energy.
Nelson formerly served as president and CEO of the non‐profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, the organization charged with leading the transformation of the Detroit riverfront. Under Nelson’s leadership, the Conservancy represented one of the most successful public‐private partnerships that included foundations, corporations, the public sector and the community at large in support of the revitalization and sustainability of the riverfront. During Nelson’s tenure, over 3ó miles of public space was developed, generating over $1 billion of public and private investment. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she served as vice president, Governmental Affairs for Wayne State University, where she led the development of the Wayne State University Research and Technology Park, now known as “Tech Town.”
Nelson earned a bachelor of arts degree in Political Science from Mercy College of Detroit and a law degree from the University Of Detroit School Of Law.
Nelson serves as a board member of several civic organizations including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Ford Health System and Health Network Board, Midtown Detroit, Inc., and the Parade Company. She is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, the State Bar of Michigan, Life Member of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, International Women’s Forum- Michigan, Detroit Athletic Club and the Economic Club of Detroit. Nelson is the recipient of numerous awards including the Damon J. Keith 24th Annual Soul and Spirit Humanitarian Award, “the Grio’s” 100 African American History Makers presented by NBC News, the Milliken Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Environmental Council, and was recognized by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of Metro Detroit’s Most Influential Women.