Jonathan M. Nelson

Fellow (2011-22)

Mr. Nelson is chief executive officer and founder of Providence Equity Partners, the world’s leading private equity firm focused on media, communications, education and information investments.  The firm manages funds with $57 billion in commitments and has invested in more than 160 companies globally since its inception.  Mr. Nelson serves on the board of directors of The Chernin Group and Univision Communications.  He has also served as a director of numerous other Providence portfolio companies, including Bresnan Communications, Eircom plc, Hulu, Language Line, MetroNet (now AT&T Canada), MLS Media, VoiceStream Wireless (now Deutsche Telekom), Warner Music Group, Western Wireless Corporation (now AT&T Corp.) and Yankees Entertainment and Sports Network (YES).

Mr. Nelson has been a private equity investor for 35 years.  He founded Providence in 1989.   Previously, he was a managing director of Narragansett Capital, Inc. which he joined in 1983.  At Narragansett Capital, Mr. Nelson specialized in private equity investments in media.  Mr. Nelson received a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 1983 and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in 1977.  He is a trustee of Brown University, The Rockefeller University and Institute for Advanced Study. He is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at Harvard Business School.  He also serves on the board of the Newport Festivals Foundation.