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.
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.
I grew on a farm outside of Lexington, Neb., where I developed a strong interest in the issues of rural America and its communities.
My family and I migrated to Nebraska from Mexico in 1994. I am a blessed father of four children and beautiful wife!
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 am from a small row crop farm near Scribner, Neb., and attended Logan View High School.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A lot of things have changed in my life, but my love for rural America has remained constant. I grew up on a third generation family farm in Marquette, Neb., where my family raises corn and soybean
Growing up in Lyons, Neb., I experienced first-hand the closeness of a farming community.
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
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!
Stephanie works on renewable energy advocacy and farm policy. She is interested in how rural communities can harness the power of clean energy to fuel economic development and job creation; federal
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.