Dionne NelsonDionne establishes and manages the overall strategic direction, operations and growth of Laurel Street and has over 20 years' experience in real estate developmentl, finance and operations.

Previously, Dionne was Senior Vice President at Crosland with responsibility for the company's affordable housing development and operations.  Prior to joining Crosland, Dionne managed investments at NewSchools Venture Fund in Boston and Earnest Partners in Atlanta.  She began her experience in financial services as an investment banking analyst at Salomon Brothers in New York.  Dionne worked as a strategy, organization and operations consultant with McKinsey and Company in the Chicago and Atlanta offices.

Nationally, Dionne works extensively with the Urban Land Institute (ULI).  She is a Trustee and serves on ULI's Affordable and Workforce Housing Council, the National Advisory Board for the ULI Terwillinger Center for Housing and as an evaluator for several national housing competitions and advisory panels.

Locally, Dionne is a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission and a board member of Renaissance West Community Initiative, Levine Museum of the New South, and YMCA of Greater Charlotte.  Dionne previously served as a board member for the North Carolina Housing Coalition, and she is a member of Leadership Charlotte Class 29.

Dionne holds a MBA from Harvard University and graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics from Spelman College.