Nelson Named CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs

by The Editors on April 20, 2023

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad is pleased to announce that an exceptional candidate has accepted the position of CEO at Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad – Mr. Chad Nelson.

“I am delighted to say that we have identified the person we believe is best prepared to lead us into the future. Chad Nelson’s experience, ability to inspire those around him, and history with the Club make him an exemplary leader,” stated Travis VanTreese, the Club’s Board President. “Having someone that is so engrained in the Carlsbad community is exciting for us, and the long term relationships that he has with people and businesses in Carlsbad will be integral to the Club’s growth.”

A Club kid himself, Chad grew up in Carlsbad. After graduating from SDSU with a BS in Business Management and a lot of hours on the basketball court, he returned to Carlsbad to begin his 20+ year career in the health care industry. He experienced success by building strong teams that work together to achieve each company’s goals. As fate would have it, Chad was looking for a new opportunity to motivate people and make a positive difference when the CEO opening occurred at the Boys & Girls Club.

“I’m so excited to begin this new chapter,” said Chad. “I’m looking forward to leading, training and encouraging our incredible staff, to working closely with our dedicated board members, and to building and expanding our dynamic programs for our community’s kids.”

A low-key individual with a strong work ethic, Chad places a big emphasis on family. His father, Greg, attended the Boys & Girls Club in the 1950s and has been a strong supporter of the Club. He has two daughters, Skyla (20) and Sienna (17).

Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad has played an integral role in the Carlsbad community since 1952, providing programs and services to thousands of young people. We invite you to tour our Clubhouses and see how lives are changed on a daily basis. For more information, please call 760.444.4893 or email

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Pictured: Chad Nelson with some of his new friends in the Gym that was named after his father.

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