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Nelson O. Bunn

Nelson O. Bunn <empty>Executive Director 703.519.1666

Nelson joins NDAA with comprehensive experience across Congress, federal agencies, and the criminal justice system stakeholder community. Nelson served as the Director of Government Affairs for The Charles Group in Washington, DC, where among other clients, he represented the Major County Sheriffs’ Association (MCSA), an organization representing elected sheriffs from counties with populations over 500,000 people and collectively representing over 100 million Americans. Nelson was the primary voice for those sheriffs in DC and successfully grew membership and the influence of MCSA into one of the leading voices on law enforcement issues among agency and Congressional staff. Additionally, he cultivated relationships among other criminal justice stakeholders and outside organizations resulting in steadfast partnerships and even several grant and technical assistance opportunities. Nelson also brings federal agency experience as he spent time in the Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security. With that experience, he brings insight into crisis response programs and emerging technologies in the first responder community.

Nelson graduated from Washington & Lee University with a double major in Politics and Spanish in 2008. In December 2013, he finished his Masters in International Affairs with a concentration in International Law & Organizations from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. Nelson is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina.


Michael Freeman President
NDAA President 2017–2018

Mike Freeman currently serves as the Hennepin County Attorney in Minnesota’s largest county.

His elective service to the State of Minnesota began in the Minnesota State Senate from Richfield and Bloomington where he served from 1983 through 1990.

In 1990, he was elected Hennepin County Attorney and served from 1991 through 1999, when he did not seek re-election because he was the DFL-endorsed candidate for Minnesota Governor.  He was elected again in 2006, 2010 and 2014 by wide margins.

Mike’s mission is all about seeking justice, improving public safety and providing innovative and ethical civil representation to the County Board of Commissioners.

He seeks innovative and creative solutions to crime violence and threats to public safety. Initiatives such as the Domestic Abuse Service Center, Gun Collection Programs, targeted prosecution of both white collar and violent crimes and the be@school program to curb truancy are well known.


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