Sanford Nelson, 29, of Detroit is president of operations at Nelson Ventures, which focuses primarily on commercial real estate development in Detroit and the metropolitan area. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Sanford spent a portion of the last five years working in Michigan’s film production community, producing the feature film Eloise, which was released internationally in 2017.
Sanford has been a resident of the city of Detroit for four years and is extremely proud and passionate about his hometown. He is currently focused on developing mixed use real estate projects in neighborhoods all over the city, with an emphasis on empowering the small business owners that occupy space in his buildings. In the Jewish community, Sanford is known as a collaborator, working with multiple Jewish organizations such as the Jewish Federation and NEXTGen, ChabaD Detroit, The Well and FIDF.
Sanford often throws large parties for Jewish causes at various venues in the city, as well as hosts smaller gatherings at his home Downtown such as Chabad Jewish Learning Series. Outside of the Jewish community, Sanford supports several Detroit organizations such as Gleaners Community Food Bank and the Detroit Institute of Arts. When he is not busy working on his real estate projects or attending various art events around Detroit, you can find Sanford at Cafe D’Mongo’s Speakeasy in Capitol Park, where he has a side business running the club’s weekly grilled special.