Jim Nelson (born March 8, 1963 in Greenbelt, Maryland) is the current editor-in-chief of the magazine GQ. Nelson began his journalism career in television, first working as a producer and writer at CNN and later moving to Hollywood where he worked briefly as a writer's assistant on television sitcoms. He made the shift to magazines at age thirty, starting with an internship at Harper's Magazine, under Lewis Lapham, and moved to GQ shortly thereafter to work as an editor. After working under Art Cooper as an executive editor, Nelson was appointed by Condé Nast to replace him as editor-in-chief in 2003.
Nelson lives with his boyfriend, John Mario Sevilla, a dancer and choreographer.