The Northwest Arkansas Council has added two members to its team. Jeanette Balleza Collins and Nathan Green have joined the nonprofit organization as the entrepreneurial development director and communications director, respectively.
“We are excited to welcome Jeannette and Nathan to the Northwest Arkansas Council team,” Northwest Arkansas Council President and CEO Nelson Peacock said. “Each bring unique talents and experiences and will provide a welcome perspective as we work to advance the Council’s mission of creating job opportunities, encouraging infrastructure investment and enhancing quality of life in the state and region.”
As the entrepreneurial development director, Collins will lead the council’s efforts to “advance region-wide entrepreneurial vibrancy” by working with local entrepreneurs, companies and other organizations. She will be developing programs designed to increase connectivity, access to capital and talent growth, as well as make resource navigation easier.
Prior to joining the Northwest Arkansas Council, Collins co-founded Bentonville’s Grit Studios, which provides assistance for high-impact startups, and DeadFred Genealogy Photo Archive. She also served as the managing director for the ARK Challenge technology accelerator and was a founding team member at Startup Junkie.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Hendrix College.
Green will be serving as the council’s new head of communications, developing strategies to spotlight the Northwest Arkansas Council’s involvement in entrepreneurship, innovation and more.
He previously served as vice president of public relations at the Northwest Arkansas office of inVeritas, a Little Rock-based public affairs firm.
Green holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Saint Louis University and a law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Bowen School of Law.