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.
I grew up on a ranch in southwestern Nebraska. I studied grazing and livestock management at the University, where I met my husband.
Growing up on an acreage in the small Northeast Nebraska town of Howells, the plight of rural citizens was something I experienced firsthand.
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’d rather drive a combine than wash dishes. I did both for a number of years when my husband and I farmed outside of Walthill, Nebraska.
I was raised on a steady diet of advocacy for economic justice and stewardship of our land, air, and water.
As the accounting assistant at the Center for Rural Affairs, my primary job is to make sure everyone gets paid.
I grew up near Pender, Nebraska and still live there today. When I was 13 years old, in the midst of the farm crisis, I started seeing the lights go out in my country neighborhood.
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!
The windows in my car were left down the other night. I worried about the storm clouds moving in and raining on the interior. I didn’t have to worry someone might steal my car.
At an early age, I learned to care about my community and the world around me from my parents.
I am energetic, enthusiastic, and my voice travels for miles.
I’m an urban-to-rural worker bee helping rural people pursue their dreams. I combine policy solutions with on-the-ground practices that make rural areas and their residents thrive.
I was born and raised on a multi-generational farm in the “Bohemian Alps” of southeast Nebraska.
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.
For over a decade, I was a small-town lawyer in the rambling ranchlands of my home community of Sterling, Colorado, mostly helping farmers and ranchers through the 1980s farm crisis.
I grew up on a little house on the prairie in southwestern Minnesota, literally down the road from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s former home. My father farmed there with workhorses.
Lucas is in an intern at the Center working on clean energy issues. He is a native of rural Nebraska.
My job is different everyday.
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.
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 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’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 love the diversity of my job. No two days are the same working with small businesses.
I grew up working in my parents’ cafe in Homer, Nebraska. I met my husband in high school, although he was from the rival school (I was a Knight and he was a Blue Jay).
Imelda is an awesome new staff member of our small business development program.
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.
Fresh off work on a 20-acre organic vegetable and small grains farm, Veronica has experience working with the Hoopa Native American Tribe in California. Her work
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.
Adele is our awesome new specialist in rural sustainable food systems.
I am a lifelong student of the outdoors.
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.
Erin is an awesome beginning farmer intern. She is with AmeriCorps.