Katie Nelson has been the Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator at the Mountain View Police Department in Northern California since 2015. In her role, she manages the department’s social media accounts and outreach campaigns, focusing primarily on the department’s engagement efforts as well as serving as the agency’s public information officer. She presents across the country on social media best practices and crisis communication strategies. She serves as an instructor with the California Office of Emergency Services and the California POST. She previously served as the General Chair of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Public Information Officers Section, and is a recipient of the IACP’s 40 Under 40 Award, an Award of Distinction with the California Peace Officers Association, and is a recipient of the Young Athena Award. Previously, she also served on the Government Social Media Council, a national organization that works to educate and improve agencies’ understanding and usage of social media platforms. You can follow Katie on Twitter: @katienelson210 or connect on LinkedIn.