Mary Jefferson Burciaga Nelson

Title:  Retired Annuitant, Volunteer
Company: United States Army Corps of Engineers
Location: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States


  • Arkansas A&M College
  • Governor’s Task Force on Appointments (1984)
  • Jackson State University
  • National Council of Negro Women (NCNW), Honolulu Section (national board of directors) (organizer, 1979-1980) (president, 1977-1979)
  • National Council of Negro Women, Daycare Center Jackson Section (board of directors, 1983-Present)
  • Operation PUSH, Jackson Hinds Chapter (chairman, organizing committee, 1981)
  • Rape Crisis Center (board of directors, 1984-Present)
  • Women for Progress (co-organizer, 1978)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2021)
  • Featured Listee, “Who’s Who in America,” Marquis Who’s Who (2021)
  • Recipient, Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)
  • Recipient, Volunteer of the Year Award, AARP (2006)
  • Recipient, Golden Hands Award, National Deaf Association (1992)
  • Recipient, Outstanding Woman of the Year Award (1991)
  • Recipient, Special Act Award, VA Med Center (1981)
  • Recipient, Mary McLeod Bethune Award, National Council Negro Women (1978)
  • Recipient, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service

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