Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors incorporates decades of experience and a philosophy of partnership to offer an efficient blend of wealth and asset management services for clients with net investable assets of one million to twenty million dollars.

NR_Interior_AboutUs_BioPic_Nelson Brooks P. Nelson, CFA — Principal

Brooks Nelson has over 25 years’ experience in portfolio management and securities research. Brooks graduated with a BS from Princeton University and worked at IBM, Damon Raike, and Kidder Peabody before, in 1985, joining Nelson Capital Management, the firm founded by his father. He became president of Nelson Capital in 1990. A large west coast bank acquired the firm in 2002, and Brooks served as vice president there until he left to found Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors with Brian in 2004. Brooks is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the CFA Institute. He is a devoted family man and an avid swimmer and cyclist.

“One of my favorite stories is about a client who called me one day to debate a financial decision. He had long dreamed of buying the house next door to the home of the president of his alma mater, and the house he had been eyeing was on the market. He called to ask if I thought he should buy it, certain I would talk him out of it. Instead, I talked him into it, and today he is thrilled to be living his dream.”

NR_Interior_AboutUs_BioPic_Brian1 Brian P. Roberts, CFA, MBA — Principal

Brian Roberts has over 18 years’ experience in securities research, private client services, and firm management. Brian earned both a BS and an MBA from Santa Clara University, and has since taught courses in investment ethics and equity analysis for the St. Mary’s College Masters of Science in Financial Analysis and Investment Management program. Brian was a partner at Nelson Capital Management prior to founding Nelson Roberts with Brooks in 2004. Brian is a Chartered Financial Analyst, a member of the CFA Institute, and serves on the Santa Clara University Leavey School of Business Advisory Board. He and his wife are the proud parents of three children.

“A couple I’ve now worked with for some time came to us with a concentrated position in the technology sector, and our early discussions centered on how and when to diversify what had been a great asset. I was able to show them how they could soften their technology sector risk and diversify most effectively to achieve their financial goals. Today, they are comfortable with their financial independence and our conversations focus not on wealth accumulation, but passing their wealth on to the next generation.”

NR_Interior_AboutUs_BioPic_Steve1 Steve P. Philpott, CFP®, MBA — Principal

Steve Philpott has extensive expertise in wealth analysis, asset management, and securities trading. Steve graduated with a BS from Santa Clara University and later earned an MBA from the University of San Francisco. He began his investment management career at Nelson Capital Management, where he served as a research analyst and portfolio manager before joining Nelson Roberts in 2005. Steve is a Certified Financial Planner, a member of the Financial Planning Forum, Inc., and served as president of the Santa Clara University Alumni Association Board of Directors. A Bay Area native, Steve enjoys hiking, golfing, and spending time with his wife and children.

“I’ve learned that life’s transitions make our services the most valuable. One couple I was working with was concerned that their lifestyle would have to change for them to retire. After extensive discussions and planning, we developed a portfolio strategy that made them comfortable with not only their ability to continue traveling but also their ability to help support the college education of their grandchildren.”

NR_Interior_AboutUs_BioPic_Ann Ann B. Oglesby, MD, MBA — Senior Analyst

Ann Oglesby has 25 years of experience in the health care delivery and 10 years’ expertise in risk management, mergers and acquisitions, business analysis, and quality improvement within the industry. Ann graduated with a BS from Stanford University, an MD from St. Louis University, and an MBA from Indiana University. She completed her clinical training in internal medicine at the University of Iowa and worked in primary care before moving to health care management. Ann served for 15 years as a vice president and director of quality improvement at a large integrated health care system before joining Nelson Roberts in 2006. In her free time, Ann enjoys singing, studying classical music, and spending time with her family.

Darcy Nelson Smoot, CFA — Research Analyst

Darcy Smoot has extensive experience in equity analysis and securities trading. Darcy graduated with a BA from Swarthmore College, majoring in Mathematics and English Literature. She began her career at Bloomberg LP in New York City, and in 2009 went on to work as an equity derivatives sales trader at Susquehanna International Group. She currently serves on the board of the San Francisco Security Traders Association.

Evan1 Evan Nelson, CFP® — Assistant Relationship Manager

Evan Nelson comes from a background in sales and marketing. After graduating from The University of Southern California, Evan worked on various marketing campaigns and as an outside sales manager. He is a Certified Financial Planner and a new member of the San Francisco Security Traders Association. In his spare time, Evan enjoys running, hiking, playing basketball, and cooking.

sarah1 Sarah Sinclair, — Assistant Portfolio Manager

Sarah Sinclair joined Nelson Roberts in 2012 after graduating Magna Cum Laude from University of San Francisco with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Sarah’s favorite activities include wakeboarding, water skiing, and baking. She loves exploring outdoors and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.

Tyler Headshot Tyler Brown, — Research Analyst

Tyler Brown joined Nelson Roberts in 2015 after interning with the firm’s equity research team the preceding two summers. Tyler has intervening experience in mobile software sales and marketing, and studied organizational behavior and computer science at Stanford University, where he graduated with a BA in Science, Technology, and Society. Tyler is a transplant from Montana and Colorado, where he developed an enduring love for the outdoors; he spends much of his free time hiking and swimming.

Erin Erin Rodriguez, — Administrative Assistant

Erin is a California native who lived in New York for five years, where she worked for Citigroup as a financial analyst. She and her husband have a 22-month old daughter. Erin is happy to be putting down roots in California where she can cheer on the Golden State Warriors. She enjoys baking and shopping, and has the most perfect handwriting anyone has ever seen.

Our Community

Nelson Roberts is a proud supporter of organizations within the communities we serve:

Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

PHS/SPCA, a private non-profit organization guided by the humane ethic, builds healthy relationships between people and animals. Each year thousands of animals pass through our doors. We provide a warm bed, nutritious food, veterinary care and a gentle touch for the lost, stray, unwanted and injured domestic and wild animals in our community. Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors supports the PHS/SPCA Annual Mutt Strutt and Annual Gala Ball. More Information

Menlo-Atherton Little League Menlo-Atherton Little League

The Menlo-Atherton Little League is committed to teaching and improving the fundamental baseball skills of its children in a fun and constructive environment. The League is dedicated to managing the balance between winning and learning life lessons through sport as part of our core values. More Information


Wildlife Conservation Network Wildlife Conservation Network

The Wildlife Conservation Network supports “conservation entrepreneurs,” conservationists without institutional backing who seek new approaches to protecting endangered species and managing their coexistence with humans. WCN provides these individuals with a shared back office that helps them incorporate as nonprofits, write grant proposals, raise money, manage donor databases, and fulfill legal requirements and connects them with conservation experts around the world to help the entrepreneurs efficiently refine and expand their causes. More Information

Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation

The Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation seeks to enable the Menlo Park City School District to provide an exceptional education to all students at Laurel, Encinal, Oak Knoll and Hillview schools. Working with parents, the community and the School District, the Foundation raises money to pay for high quality teachers, a comprehensive educational program and teaching innovation beyond what is possible with public dollars alone. More Information

Eastside College Preparatory School Eastside College Preparatory School

Eastside College Preparatory School is a private middle and high school designed to prepare East Palo Alto students historically underrepresented in higher education for a four-year college or university. Nearly all students will be the first in their families to receive education beyond high school. Eastside has both a day campus, where students are in school from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and living spaces available to those who need a safe place nearby to stay. More Information

El Camino Hospital Logo El Camino Hospital

As an independent, nonprofit hospital with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, California, El Camino Hospital is empowered to do whatever it takes to bring our community the finest quality care. Our leadership, physicians, nurses, staff and volunteers share our commitment to excellence and together do our utmost to bring our patients compassionate, comprehensive medical care that is truly state-of-the-art. Our key medical specialties include cancer care, heart and vascular services, genomic medicine, urology, orthopedic and spine surgery, rehabilitation services, senior health, and women’s health. More Information

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