Who am I?

Personal Details

  • Lewis Nelson
  • Charlottesville VA
  • UVA Darden MBA
  • U.S. Army Combat Veteran

Strategy Analyst, Process Improvement, Team Leadership and Development – view resume (pdf)

-Darden MBA, Military Combat Veteran, Former Federal Intelligence Officer: 15+ years of experience
-Project manager of operational and analytical teams of up to 30 people
-Over 100 strategic analysis products for senior military and executive-branch decision makers
-Enrolled in Villanova Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification Course (expected completion early 2018)

My Professional Background

Work Experience

2011 April - 2016 January

Defense Intelligence Agency

Intelligence Officer

Civilian grade GS-13: Conducted advanced analytics of structured and unstructured data to author strategic assessments and served as a project manager of analytical teams up to 30 people. Three deployments to Afghanistan.

  • Member of system integration teams for Palantir, a multi-agency common desktop environment, and updated Department of Defense military forces (order of battle) database
  • Process improvement of workflows reducing product distribution time from 3 weeks to 3 days
  • Program manager of a sensitive program reducing analyst access timelines from months to days

2008 December - 2011 April

SAIC; Northrop Grumman; Camber Corporation

Senior Intelligence Analyst (contracted)

Provided intelligence data analysis and authored reports for multiple Intelligence Community agencies.

  • Authored strategic intelligence analysis included in over 50 official intelligence agency products and briefings to senior officials at the White House, National Security Council, and Pentagon
  • Developed solutions to integrate unstructured data into structured databases and reduced analysis time of counter-terrorism threat data by over 50%

2001 October - 2008 November

U.S. Army

Soldier; Intelligence Supervisor (Staff Sergeant)

Team leader, project manager, and instructor during a seven-year active duty Army career. Led teams of four to fifteen soldiers in training and combat operations. Two combat deployments to Iraq

  • Created procedures and led process improvement of signals intelligence operations leading to a standard operating procedure book used by deployed forces in Iraq for four years (2006-2010)
  • Program manager (non-commissioned officer in charge) of 10-soldier team conducting 24-hour data collection operations and advanced analysis, providing daily intelligence products and briefings

Awarded the Military Intelligence Corps Association’s Thomas Knowlton Award in 2007 for significant contributions and advancement of the U.S. Army’s Military Intelligence Corps

My Education


2015 August - 2017 May

University of Virginia Darden School of Business


1996 September - 2000 December

Augsburg College - Minneapolis, MN


NCAA Division III dual-sport athlete in football and track & field. Earned Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) all-academic team honors in both sports.

2002 February - 2003 June

Defense Language Institute - Monterey, CA


Associates of Arts degree in Korean from the U.S. Army’s Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA.

  • Commandant’s Award as top graduate of the 18-month training cycle

Skills & Interests


  • U.S. Army squad leader, non-commissioned officer in charge, and course supervisor
  • Senior intelligence analyst for a staff office of the most senior intelligence officer in Afghanistan
  • Project manager of a highly-sensitive access program
  • Class leadership (high school and graduate school)
  • Sports team captain

Process Improvement

  • Reduced a sensitive program read-on access timeline from months to days by updating request and training procedures
  • Reformed tasking and reporting tracking through creation of a web-based request and fulfillment website using MS SharePoint for a senior intelligence staff office
  •  Continuous improvement of tactical signals intelligence collection and reporting procedures during year-long deployment to increase output by over 250% without increasing manpower

Microsoft Office

  • MS Excel data analysis functions
  • MS Excel Macro Recording
  • MS Word Mail Merge
  • Expert-level MS Office document formatting
  • MS Access for personnel tracking
  • MS Access for workflow tracking

Web Design

  • WordPress Installation and Management
  • Host Server and DNS Management
  • Google Apps Implementation
  • WooCommerce Installation
  • Real Estate IDX Installation and Configuration
  • Logo Design using Adobe Illustrator
  • Web Graphic Design using Adobe Photoshop

Hobbies & Interests

  • Sports


    Former NCAA Division III football and track & field athlete. Still active in recreational sports to include flag football, basketball, and hiking.

  • Photography


    Amateur photographer specializing in urban and sports photography.

  • Travel


    World and U.S. traveler who loves being immersed in new cultures, staying at an AirBnB and hanging out where the locals go. I blog about some of my adventures at wanderingveteran.com

  • Writing


    Published author of ``Life After Loyalty`` and occasional blogger.

  • Web Design

    Web Design

    Developed, launched, and maintained over 30 WordPress-powered websites since 2007. Sample portfolio below.

Design Samples


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    Peasant Village Restaurant

    Peasant Village Restaurant WordPress website.

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    The Alignment Shop

    Alignment Shop WordPress

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    Nelson Team

    Nelson Team HTML landing page.

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    American Legion 128

    American Legion WordPress site.

Logo Design and WordPress

Cherab Foundation

General Description


Created a custom logo using Adobe Illustrator and customized a premium WordPress template for the Cherab Foundation in 2013 and 2014 while serving as the non-profit's Director of Technology.

Logo and Wordpress

Middlecreek Golf Course

General Description


Created a custom logo using Adobe Illustrator and edited a premium WordPress template for Middlecreek Golf Course (no longer operational) in 2010 and 2011.


Peasant Village Restaurant

General Description


Edited a premium WordPress template for the Peasant Village Restaurant's original website in 2008 and 2009.


Alignment Shop

General Description


Edited a premium WordPress template for The Alignment Shop and Auto Repair in Ruckersville, VA, in 2011. The site was revamped by a third-party auto shop website provider in 2012.

HTML Website

Nelson Team

General Description


HTML landing page for the Nelson Team at Long & Foster Real Estate. The links go to separate Placester-powered IDX websites.


American Legion 128

General Description


Customized premium WordPress template for the American Legion Greene County VA Post 128 in Stanardsville, VA, in 2012 and 2013. The site is no longer active.

Life After Loyalty

My Book

Purchase a copy for you, a friend, or loved one today at www.lifeafterloyalty.com


Many thanks to the War Writers’ Campaign for publishing my military memoir in 2016.  They are a non-profit aiming to help veterans tell their stories, but then to return the proceeds to programs to help veterans.

Learn more at http://www.lifeafterloyalty.com


Mailing Address:

  • PO Box 6368 • Charlottesville, VA 22906