Amy Nelson

Amy Nelson

Director of Patient Legal Services




Amy Nelson is the Director of Patient Legal Services. In this role, she manages staff attorneys and legal fellows; supports the legal program staff, oversees fundraising and grant management efforts, and works closely with Whitman-Walker’s network of pro bono attorneys and volunteers. In 2012, Nelson managed the launch of the area’s first Name and Gender Change Clinic to assist trans and gender non-conforming individuals with updating their identity documents. In 2014, she was recognized as a “Shero of the Movement” by the DC Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs, and was honored with Capital TransPride’s Engendered Spirit award. Nelson served on the Board of Directors of Miriam’s House, a residence for HIV-positive, homeless women, and oversaw its successful transition into the N Street Village family of programs in 2011. Nelson joined Whitman-Walker from the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery.

Nelson received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Texas A&M University and graduated from The George Washington University School of Law with honors in 2001, having served as president of Lambda Law and on the International Law Review. She is a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and New York Bars.