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.
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.
Emilee is our first-ever assistant to the Executive and Development Director. She also works as part of the grassroots constituency team.
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.
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
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!
Growing up on an acreage in the small Northeast Nebraska town of Howells, the plight of rural citizens was something I experienced firsthand.
At an early age, I learned to care about my community and the world around me from my parents.
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.
Fresh off work on a 20-acre organic vegetable and small grains farm, Veronica has experience working with the
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.
After taking full advantage of the gritty, adventurous, and labor-intensive opportunities offered via childhood her family's dairy farm, Adele Phillips earned a masters degree in architecture from
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.
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.
Lucas is in an associate 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 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.
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.