Locale: Pacific Grove, California.
Locale: Ogallala, Nebraska.
Dennis has been farming for over 30 years, and spent the last 10 as a certified organic farmer. He uses his experience and perspective to help other organic farmers succeed. He also assists beginning farmers and family-run farming operations gain more access to the resources they need. Dennis joined the Center board in 2017 after serving on the advisory board.
Locale: Mead, Nebraska..
Mark is a fourth generation farmer and emeriti faculty member of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he was the founding director of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and served as the executive director of the University of Nebraska's Rural Futures Institute during its creation. He helped guide the Center for Rural Affairs as a member of the Advisory Board from 1993 to 2003 and as a member of the Board of Directors from 2003 to 2013. His wife, Dianne, also served on the Center's Advisory Board from 2007 to 2013.
Locale: Lincoln, Nebraska.
Becky is the executive director of the Nebraska Appleseed Center for Law in the Public Interest, a nonpartisan, nonprofit public interest law firm that advocates for equal justice and full opportunity for all Nebraskans. She is a native Nebraskan and grew up on a small farm just outside of Valparaiso. Becky has practiced poverty law in Nebraska since 2001. She joined the Center board in 2010.
Locale: Omaha, Nebraska.
Chuck is semi-retired, and has been involved in rural development and entrepreneurship for most of his career. He now acts as a consultant, and has helped the Center set up a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) designation for Rural Investment Corporation (RIC), which helped open up additional financing opportunities for the Center’s work. He joined the Center board in 2007.
Locale: Oberlin, Ohio.
Don a farmer from Central City, returned to Nebraska after working for Bread for the World in Washington D.C. Don is a board member and former interim director of the American Friends Service Committee. He and his wife relocated to Oberlin, Ohio in 2009. Don was elected to the Center board in 1997.
Locale: Wahoo, Nebraska.
Ross Larson joined our Board of Directors and Rural Investment Corporation Board in March 2019.