Coleman Nee

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Coleman Nee
Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services
In office
Preceded byThomas G. Kelley
Succeeded byFrancisco Urena
Personal details
BornBoston, MA
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Karyn Swaun
ResidenceBoston, MA
OccupationPublic policy advocate
Corporate communications executive
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service1987–1993
RankCorporal Insignia Corporal, United States Marine Corps

Coleman Nee is an American public relations consultant and political figure who served as the Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans' Services from 2011 to 2015.

Nee worked in public policy advocacy and corporate communications for over 20 years. Among the companies Nee worked for were Bradlees,[1] the Logan Airport Hilton Hotel and Towers,[2] and Julie Country Day School.[3]

From 1987 to 1993, Nee served as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of Corporal.[4][5] He served during Operation Desert Storm.[6]

In 2008 Nee was named Undersecretary of Veterans’ Services. In this role he oversaw the creation of the Statewide Advocacy for Veterans’ Empowerment (SAVE) program, which supports veterans and their families coping with the stresses of returning from war and assist them in obtaining veteran's benefits and services. He also helped obtain over $1 million in federal funds to train and find employment for veterans. Additionally, he led outreach efforts to homeless, women, and disabled veterans.[6]

On January 21, 2011 he was named Secretary of Veterans’ Services, succeeding Medal of Honor recipient Thomas G. Kelley.[7]


  1. ^ Hernandez, Jr., Efrain (Jun 9, 1992). "2 Area Chains Remove Water Guns". Boston Globe. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  2. ^ Wallack, Todd (August 18, 1999). "Pact settles complaints of bias at Logan hotel". Boston Herald. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  3. ^ "Julie Country Day School to close June 9". Telegram & Gazette. February 17, 2006.
  4. ^ Szaniszlo, Marie (November 11, 2006). "A Veterans Day Birthday". Boston Herald.
  5. ^ Caywood, Thomas (January 29, 2003). "Gulf War veterans divided on waging new campaign". Boston Herald. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Coleman Nee, Secretary of Veterans' Services". The Official Website of the Department of Veterans' Services. Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  7. ^ White, Nancy (January 7, 2011). "Coleman Nee to assume top veterans post on acting basis". The Cohasset Mariner. Retrieved 25 January 2012.