I have loved agriculture for more than a decade. Working for the Center has given me the opportunity to do what I love every day.
Rural America is full of hard working individuals, and I feel honored to help create vibrant rural communities that are inclusive and supportive of all community members.
Growing up in a small town, I really got to know everyone, and felt like the whole town had my back.
At an early age, I learned to care about my community and the world around me from my parents.
I work out of the Lyons office as an administrative assistant for Rural Enterprise Assistance Program (REAP).
I grew up on a sheep and cattle farm in rural Indiana where I developed a deep passion for rural communities and advocating for solutions to the challenges they face.
"Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from the corn field.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Getting the opportunity to be a part of the Center for Rural Affairs family is like a dream come true. I’m thrilled to join the policy team as a policy assistant.
A rural background and a career in lending and technical assistance have provided me with a great foundation for working at the Center.
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, I would describe myself as, "driven, resilient, and observant."
I grew up in a small town in Florida, but it has long been my dream to find a home and live full-time in rural Nebraska.
I love the diversity of my job. No two days are the same working with small businesses.
As the middle child in a very education-driven family, I feel very grateful that my siblings and I have found success due to our parents’ sacrifices, forward-thinking, and motivation.
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 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.
As a project associate at the Center, I have the rare and unique opportunity to combine my background in the culinary arts, my degree in global studies, and my experiences as a first generation Ame
My top priorities are to identify, develop, and build relationships with rural leaders. In doing so, I hope to advance our policy goals by putting others in positions to make a difference.
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.
My main focus is on water and clean energy issues in Iowa. I do this work based out of the Nevada, Iowa, office.
I’ve been at the Center for Rural Affairs for nearly 20 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.
I have always felt that rural America is the fabric and backbone for all that we are, no matter where you live – it’s where we all find our roots, and we shouldn’t forget that.
I’m thrilled to begin my role as the new community foods specialist in the Farm and Community Program.
Being from a large city, I love the fact that people actually know each other and help each other in rural places.
I’m a native of Norfolk, Nebraska, and I graduated from Wayne State College in 2012 with a degree in political science. At the Center, I’ve been immersed in clean energy development.
I grew up as a migrant worker, traveling every summer to different parts of the nation. This experience helped me connect with farmers, especially the shared love of the soil.
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 was born and raised near North Platte, Nebraska. I grew up in a bilingual household and was exposed to entrepreneurship early on.
I started gardening as an adult. I love being able to grow fresh vegetables for my family and have enjoyed learning the basics of canning and freezing my vegetables for used all year round.
Rebecca joins our team as Tribal Projects Manager, working alongside the Omaha and Santee Sioux Tribes in our food systems work.
Growing up in Lyons, Nebraska, I experienced first-hand the closeness of a farming community.
Hailing from northeast Nebraska, I am no stranger to the challenges of rural life. I remember checking rows (getting ice cream cones) with my grandpa and driving through small towns. I recall vibra
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 have 13 plus years in gardening.
Though I lived in Lincoln for more than 20 years, I am a farm girl at heart – I was born and raised in the Lyons and Oakland areas.
My job includes different tasks every day, and my main priority is to help the Center for Rural Affairs run smoothly. My goal is to help everyone else achieve their goals.
In my role with the Center, I get to enjoy two of my passions: food and socializing.
My goal is to help small towns in rural Nebraska stay vibrant places to live by creating new businesses, and assisting communities grow from the inside out.
Vicky joins us in a part-time capacity working on community food and farm projects. She is located in the Lyons office.
I am a lifelong student of the outdoors.