Nelson Rising, a beloved Pacific Council Board Director, passed away last week surrounded by loved ones at his Pasadena home due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Mr. Rising was instrumental in shaping the development of Los Angeles from the downtown skyline to the vision of Playa Vista. He was an active player in Los Angeles politics and played a role in the development of the recently opened Grand LA complex designed by Frank Gehry.
A dedicated Pacific Council member for over fifteen years and a longtime member of the Board of Directors, Mr. Rising was a stalwart supporter of and friend to the Council. His wife Sharon and his son Matt also got involved in the organization over the years. Nelson will be remembered as a greatly admired and dynamic part of the Pacific Council.
"Nelson was a long time, deeply engaged, and highly respected member of the Pacific Council board. His counsel on all matters relating to the Council was thoughtful, judicious, and practical. He will be deeply missed both as our fellow director and as our friend." –Jerry Green, Pacific Council CEO and President
For more information on Mr. Rising's impacts on Los Angeles, read the Los Angeles Times obituary here: https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2023-02-10/nelson-rising-obituary