My family homesteaded in Southeastern Nebraska in the 1860s and has been involved in agriculture in rural Nebraska ever since that time.
At an early age, I learned to care about my community and the world around me from my parents.
We're delighted to welcome Carlos to the Farm and Community Program. He'll be a central part of our work on building inclusive communities.
My job is different everyday.
I'm originally from China, and earned my MBA at University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Finance in August of 2015. I like to watch movies and work out during my spare time.
I grew up on a ranch in southwestern Nebraska. I studied grazing and livestock management at the University, where I met my husband.
Emilee is our first-ever assistant to the Executive and Development Director. She also works as part of the grassroots constituency team.
Fei is originally from China. He attended college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned a Master's Degree in Business & Accounting last December.
I love the diversity of my job. No two days are the same working with small businesses.
I was born in Mexico and moved to the U.S. at a young age.
I am intimately familiar with the highways of southeastern Nebraska. Many days you’ll find me on the road visiting with individuals who want to start a small business.
I’ve lived in rural America my whole life, and I’ve gotten to see a lot of it as a preacher’s son. I love the independent drive of rural people. And I think that’s why I am such an entrepreneur.
I was born and raised in western Nebraska on a farm south of Morrill. I attended a country school called Owl Creek through the 8th grade.
I grew up on my family’s farm near Sheffield, Iowa. As a University of Iowa alumnus, I am the proud owner of the only Hawkeyes flag on display in Lyons.
I was born and raised on a multi-generational farm in the “Bohemian Alps” of southeast Nebraska.
With a background in the culinary arts and a recent degree from Nebraska Wesleyan in Spanish and global studies, I really was not sure in what field I could use my experience and skills in the most
I grew up in the 3rd largest city in Venezuela. When I moved to Norfolk, Nebraska in 1999, it was a bit of a culture shock. But I like that everyone in town knows who I am.
I grew up on a farm in Raymond, Nebraska, and cannot imagine a better place to grow up. I learned the importance of hard work, persistence, and that community matters.
I’ve been at the Center for Rural Affairs for 15 years. I like to think of myself as a utility infielder.
When I was little we lived in Brainard, Nebraska, but our family farm was only two blocks away. Since then it has always been a large part of our family's life.
I have lived in communities of all sizes, but love rural and small-town life.
Lu is a native of Norfolk, Nebraska. He graduated from Wayne State College in 2012 with a degree in Political Science. At the Center, Lu has been immersed in clean energy development.
We're happy to welcome Lucia to the Center staff.
I was born and raised with Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and Pyramid Lake and the empty desert to the east.
We welcome Mike as the Center's first Chief Financial Officer.
I understand some of the challenges of finding a job in a rural place. I coordinate training for people who want to be their own boss.
I was born and raised near North Platte, Nebraska. I grew up in a bilingual household and was exposed to entrepreneurship early on.
Rhea is an awesome addition to our communications team. She began with the Center for Rural Affairs as an intern in 2006 and joined the Center's Board of Directors in 2009.
Spending my youth primarily in rural Burt, Cuming, and Dodge counties as a hog farmer's daughter, cattle feeder's granddaughter, and a member of a large family involved with agriculture and entrepr
Please help us welcome Sarah to our staff. She comes to us from a family farm in Earlham, Iowa.
In recent years I’ve been dedicated to the notion that eating good food grown in your neighborhood shouldn't be a privilege, but a return to normal.
You might guess that I like rabbits. Holding Bebert the Bunny is my therapy. I don’t care if they eat my garden, I have a thing for these creatures!
We welcome Stephanie as our first full-time staff member in Iowa. She is also working as the RE-AMP Rural Caucus Coordinator.
I am an enrolled member of the Omaha Tribe of Nebraska, mother of 9 children, wife to an extremely understanding, patient man with a heart of gold.
My passion is to help beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as improve conservation programs so they support sustainable agriculture and family farmers and ranchers.
I was born and raised in Bancroft, NE and have thoroughly enjoyed working for the Center since 1998. I do anything and everything: technology, human resources, office management, travel arrangement
Growing up on an acreage in the small Northeast Nebraska town of Howells, the plight of rural citizens was something I experienced firsthand.
When I first came to the Center, I was fresh off work on a 20-acre organic vegetable and small grains farm. I also have experience working with the Hoopa Valley Reservation in California.
I am a lifelong student of the outdoors.