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Ashli Nelson

Ashli Nelson serves as the Director of Global Impact, Government Affairs and Multicultural Public Policy for McDonald’s Corporation. In this role, Ashli leads legislative and community relations strategy to ensure that Government Relations, Communications, and Diversity & Inclusion are respectively aligned to protect and promote the McDonald’s brand and its independent franchisees to external organizations, federal, state, and local elected officials.

For the past 15 years, Ashli has worked in an array of government and civil service positions around the nation.  She joined the McDonald’s brand in January 2019 to lead strategic engagement and US Government Relations for the Midwest as a regional manager tasked with engaging with all elected officials, community groups, and McDonald’s Owner/Operators in the Midwest to drive legislation and improve brand reputation.

Prior to joining McDonald’s Corporation, Ashli spent nine years in the Chicago Mayor’s office where she served as a senior advisor to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Mayor Daley in the areas of crisis management, strategy, public engagement, and public affairs.  Throughout her time in the Mayor’s office, Ashli served as a volunteer National White House Advance Associate responsible for coordinating events and logistics for former President Barack Obama and First Lady Obama.

Ashli’s commitment to civic engagement is evident in her continued volunteer work and board appointments.  She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated and Target Hope, both of which strive to increase the socio-economic statuses of at risk communities. Ashli is a native of the South Side of Chicago and currently resides in the South Shore community with her husband.

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