Diane Nelson, CFC, Pinellas County Tax Collector
Ms. Nelson has built her career on public service. With 45 years at the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office, Diane started in 1969 and worked her way through the ranks. She was elected Pinellas County Tax Collector in 2000, her first run at public office. Diane took office in 2001 and began building an organization that insists on delivering world-class service and finding ways for government to do business better, faster, and cheaper.
Under Diane’s leadership, the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office received the prestigious Florida Governor’s Sterling Award in 2013 and the Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award in 2016, Florida’s top honors for performance excellence. She remains actively involved with the Florida Sterling Council by serving on its Board of Directors. Diane also served as President of the Florida Tax Collectors Association for the 2013/2014 term. She was responsible for directing the organization’s strategic planning and working with tax collectors statewide on legislative and policy issues.
In addition, Diane is actively involved in the greater Pinellas community, leading the Tax Collector’s office every year to participate in community efforts such as food banks, Relay for Life, military troop supply drives and other causes.
Diane and her husband, Ken, live in Belleair.