Alisha Nelson: Executive Director

Alisha Nelson

COLUMBUS, OH – Alisha Nelson, a longtime leader in Ohio’s behavioral health community, has been selected as Executive Director of the OneOhio Recovery Foundation, a charitable organization charged with distributing nearly $1 billion to support addiction prevention, treatment and recovery services.

Nelson, who has a track record of working to fight addiction and specifically to end the opioid epidemic in Ohio, joins OneOhio as it prepares for the crux of its mission – working with the 19 regions and Ohio’s prevention, treatment and recovery community to distribute settlements funds and save lives.

Most recently, Nelson served in the private sector as Director of Behavioral Health Strategy for one of Ohio’s Medicaid managed care organizations. Previously, she held several leadership positions in the administration of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, including Director of Substance Use Policy Initiatives and Director of RecoveryOhio. In the latter role, she oversaw the development and implementation of mental health and addiction programming for 17 state agencies in such crucial areas as law enforcement, prevention, treatment and recovery support services.

The OneOhio Recovery Foundation is a private, nonprofit entity created at the direction of Ohio’s state and local leaders to distribute 55 percent of the funds the state will receive from the pharmaceutical industry as a consequence of its role in propagating the national opioid epidemic. The Foundation is governed by a 29-member board which includes 19 members selected by regional groups that partner with the Foundation in identifying local organizations to receive funds. Through its mission, the Foundation will work with these local interests to support their addiction prevention, treatment and recovery efforts and invest funds to support these efforts for Ohioans into the future. For more information, visit