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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Angela Nelson

    Angela D. Nelson

    VP, Multicultural Business Development

    AKA: Community Connector
    (616) 233-3568

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    Lead community relations, diversity and inclusion and workforce development initiatives; while also supporting the organization’s mission to market Grand Rapids as a premier destination.


    • Grand Valley State University, B.B.S. Organizational Information Systems (minor, Computer Information Systems)
    • Michigan State University, M.B.A. Integrative management
    • Certified Tourism Ambassador

    Volunteer Associations:

    • Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
    • CAA, Community Inclusion Taskforce
    • Tall Turf Ministries
    • YWCA of Central Michigan, Helen Claytor Leadership Fund Committee

    Professional Associations:

    • Center for Community Leadership, Leadership Grand Rapids Class of 2015
    • Delta Sigma Pi International Business Fraternity
    • National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners
    • National Black MBA

    How long have you worked in the Tourism Industry?

    1 year

    How did you become a part of the Tourism Industry?

    I was hired into a newly created leadership position at Experience Grand Rapids, and I look forward to working many years in this industry.

    Favorite Vacation Spot?

    Cape Town, South Africa

    One piece of advice or tip you would give to a first time visitor to Grand Rapids?

    Get out and explore, you never know what hidden gem you may uncover.