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.
I was born and raised in Lyons, Nebraska. One year I was home from college when the town had a heated discussion about whether or not to tear down the old opera house.
It's a pleasure to welcome Dave to the Farm & Community Program. Dave is a member of the Omaha Nation and and will be working in Macy and Santee on food access work.
My job is different everyday.
My name is Devin. You could say I am a Midwesterner through and through.
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.
Growing up a farm and ranch at the edge of Nebraska's Sandhills, I loved nothing more than playing and working outside, often dirty and barefoot.
I love the diversity of my job. No two days are the same working with small businesses.
We are happy to welcome Griselda as our new REAP Hispanic Loan Specialist for Southeast Nebraska. Griselda came to the United States in her early years, growing up around Lexington.
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.
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.
As a child, I loved to visit my grandparents in Bridgeport, Nebraska. My brother and I would ride bikes to the general store to buy candy cigarettes and pink gummy cigars.
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.
Lauren is our awesome new Energy and Climate Organizing Fellow. She hails from Boise, Idaho, but has also lived in China and Italy. Her words describe her travels and interests the best.
Lucas is in an associate at the Center working on clean energy issues. He is a native of rural Nebraska.
I enjoy the outdoors and nature, and there is nothing better to me than sitting on a boat with a fishing pole in my hand.
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.
We were excited to have Rachael here with us over the sumer. Hailing from Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska, Rachael just graduated from Wahoo Public High School.
Spending my youth primarily in rural Burt, Cuming, and Dodge counties and as a hog farmer's daughter, cattle feeder's granddaughter, and a member of a large family involved with agriculture, small
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!
After 7 years, Steph Larsen has left the Center to join the online organizing team at Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.
We welcome Stephanie as our first full-time staff member in Iowa. She is also working as the RE-AMP Rural Caucus Coordinator.
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 throughly enjoyed working for the Center since 1998. I do anything and everything: technology, human resources, office management, travel arrangements
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.