I believe that policy is powerful and community is essential. I'm honored to have joined this team.
I was born in Montana and grew up raising cattle and horses in a rodeo family. I've lived all over the U.S., and moved to Nebraska to buy an acreage near my husband's family.
At an early age, I learned to care about my community and the world around me from my parents.
My family and I migrated to Nebraska from Mexico in 1994. I am a blessed father of four children and husband to a beautiful wife!
"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
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.
In three words, Emilee describes herself as, "driven, resilient and observant."
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.
Engaging our neighbors and building relationships are key to establishing a rural community.
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 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.
There is no substitute for a strong work ethic. This is something all farmers learn, and a reality that future farmers will soon face.
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
Jordan's top priority is to identify, develop and build relationships with rural leaders. In doing so, she advances our policy goals by putting others in position to make a difference.
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 grew up in a small town in Northeastern Iowa, and feel that I am only one of few who truly appreciate the intimacy and value of my small town.
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.
I was raised as a migrant worker, each year traveling to different states in search of work. Even though it was hard work, it developed in me a strong work ethic.
I was born and raised in Los Angeles so moving to Nebraska was a huge but refreshing change.
I'm excited to work with small businesses as well as get to know rural America.
I grew up in small towns and have lived half of my adult life in the smaller communities that the Center has a real passion for.
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.
Growing up in Lyons, Neb., I experienced first-hand the closeness of a farming community.
I've spent more than half my life in rural northeast Nebraska. Hailing from large families involved with agriculture and entrepreneurship, I am no stranger to the challenges of rural life.
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!
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.
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.
I am a lifelong student of the outdoors.