|Public Utility Commission of Texas|
|August 15, 2008-present|
|Years in position||5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||August 15, 2008|
|Appointed by||Governor of Texas|
|Bachelor's||Black Hills State College|
|J.D.||Texas Tech University|
Before joining the Public Utility Commission, Nelson served in the Governor's Office as a "special assistant and advisor on energy, telecommunications and cable budget and policy issues." She helped the Governor's Competitiveness Council prepare the Texas 2008 Energy Plan. Nelson is a former assistant attorney general of Texas. Nelson is a former assistant attorney general of Texas, where she specialized in antitrust law. Early in her career, she was a member of the Texas Council on Autism and Pervasive Developmental Delays.
- Texas Tech University, J.D.
- Black Hills State College, B.A.
Texas Public Utility Commission (2008-present)
Governor's Competitiveness Council (2007)
Legislative Assistant to a United States Senator
Nelson was appointed by Governor Rick Perry to the Public Utility Commission on August 15, 2008. 
Donna lives in Austin with her son, John.
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