Founder and Executive Director
Richard Nelson is the founder and executive director of the Commonwealth Policy Center. He currently serves on the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, Hopkinsville Community College Board, Kentucky Council on Environmental Education, and Pennyrile Christian Community Board. He served on the Trigg County Fiscal Court as magistrate from 2011-2014.
Richard’s previous employment includes: Field biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Jamestown, ND; Research Assistant in the Wisconsin State Capitol; Policy Analyst for Family Research Institute of Wisconsin; Field Representative and Policy Analyst with the Family Foundation. He graduated with a triple major BS in biology, wildlife management and resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1992 and earned a Master of Arts in public policy from Regent University in 1995. He is certified by the Wildlife Society as a wildlife biologist and certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction as a secondary education teacher in environmental science.
Richard is an outdoors enthusiast and formerly ran an award-winning taxidermy studio in Cadiz, KY. In his free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and camping with his family at Land between the Lakes. Father of three girls and a boy, he resides in Cadiz on Honeysuckle Cave Farm.
Director of Church Outreach
Bob is the Director of Church Outreach for the Commonwealth Policy Center. He graduated from Morehead State University with a BA in Communications and is a former member of the United States Karate Team. Bob has served on numerous community and professional organizations including `The Kentucky Press Association Board of Directors, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Cornerstone Christian Academy, in Shelbyville, KY. More recently, Bob was Co-Host of Good News Today, a Christian TV Show based in the Louisville market. Some of his previous roles include Publisher & President of the Georgetown News-Graphic, VP & Executive Director of the National Limousine Association, and Area Director of the Louisville Athletic Club. Bob has over 30 years of successful management and operations experience, and he has served in numerous leadership positions in a variety of industries, including for-profit and non-profit organizations.
Bob is a member of Simpsonville Baptist Church and enjoys spending time with his family and his rescue dog, Blue. He also loves going to the beach, volunteering, exercising, cooking and watching the Kentucky Wildcats. He and his wife, Caroline, have lived in Simpsonville, KY for nearly 20 years. Bob has two sons, Luke and Zach, and two daughters, Kristin and Katie.
Alex is the Executive Assistant for the Commonwealth Policy Center. He is currently pursuing a Mdiv in Ethics & Philosophy at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and graduated from Liberty University with a BA in Government: Politics & Policy. Alex has interned for The Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, and at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention.
He enjoys spending time with friends and family, watching English and German football, and reading works of theology and ethics. Alex currently resides in Louisville and is a member of Clifton Baptist Church.
Jenny Bennett is the Administrative Assistant of the Commonwealth Policy Center. She graduated with a BS in Graphic Communications Management from Murray State University in 2003.
Jenny resides in Lawrenceburg, KY with her husband Jonathan and two children, Bree and Owen Bennett. Outside of work, her favorite way to spend her time is drinking coffee, spending time with her her family and church, developing her skill in photography, and learning American Sign Language.