John Nelson
Adjunct Associate Professor of Public Administration

John joined Moody’s in 1991 and is now Managing Director of Moody’s Health Care, Higher Education-Not-for-Profit and Infrastructure rating teams. These teams conduct research and analysis on more than one thousand public and not-for-profit enterprises including airports, colleges & universities, hospitals, not-for-profit organizations, ports, public power utilities and toll roads. John is responsible for development of multi-year business plans and market strategy, annual budgets, credit decisions and human resource evaluations for the teams that he oversees.

John was the founding chair of Moody’s U.S. Public Finance Credit Committee (PFCC), which is charged with promoting analytical consistency and transparency across Moody’s different teams engaged in public finance ratings. He is now a member of Moody’s Global Public Sector Credit Committee (PSCC) and is also currently a member of Moody’s Fundamental Corporate Finance Credit Committee (FCC).

John has personally visited more than 300 higher education, health care, housing, infrastructure and not-for-profit organizations in the U.S. and Canada. He has authored more than 500 credit and research reports during his career at Moody’s, covering a wide range of organizations from research universities with multi-billion budgets to small not-for-profits with less than $5 million in annual revenue.  John has spoken at more than 100 different conferences, seminars and board meetings for various public, not-for-profit and private organizations. John was named by both Institutional Investor magazine and Smith’s Research and Rating Review to their All-Star Fixed Income Research teams. 

Prior to joining Moody’s, John managed an executive staff of corporate planners for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. He also spent four years as a country risk analyst for Republic National Bank, as well as two years as budget advisor to New York’ City Council President.

John received a B.A. in History with a course concentration in Economics from Binghamton University in New York in 1976, a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Texas at Austin in 1979.  He was also a research associate at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies in Aspen, Colorado in 1979 and was a repeat guest lecturer at Columbia University Business School during the past decade.

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