Growing up on an acreage outside of Firth, Nebraska, my responsibility was to take care of the cattle—from the bottle-fed calves to the big bull we knighted Sir Loin.
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.
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 accounting associate.
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.
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."
Like so many others who grew up (and remain) in a rural environment, I feel a strong pull to protect and strengthen the landscape and people who keep communities viable.
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'm a fifth generation South Dakotan with family who were some of the original homesteaders in rural McCook County, where I grew up.
Originally, I’m from North Platte, Nebraska, but my career as a lender began in 1986, in Laramie, Wyoming.
I grew up on my family’s farm in south central Nebraska.
When I was 5 years old, I moved to Grand Island, Nebraska, from Houston, Texas, and have known Nebraska to be my home ever since.
I’ve worked with the Center for close to a decade, and in that time, I’ve concentrated on the areas of research, analysis, lobbying, strategy development, and management to successfully carry out m
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
While people often find policy to be wonky and distanced from humanity, for me, policy is personal.
I’ve had the opportunity to work with farmers and rural communities all over the world. I’m now proud to be building sustainable agriculture systems in my home state of Nebraska.
My life has been a unique mix of rural and urban, but rural America has always had my heart. I’ve lived everywhere from Illinois to Massachusetts, and now Iowa, but my home is small-town Indiana.
Rural America helped shaped me into the person I am today. I grew up on my family’s farm in southeast Iowa, and was active on the farm throughout my childhood.
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 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.
As an adult, I have lived in the Twin Cities and throughout Latin America, but was born and raised in southwest Minnesota in a tiny farming community called Currie.
I’m proud to play a small part in keeping communities vibrant places for the diverse people who call rural America home.
Rural America presents so many great experiences that cannot be offered in a city setting.
Growing up in rural Nebraska helped me see the immense value and benefits of small town living.
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.
While I’ve always considered myself a “city girl,” as the years have passed, I’ve come to realize that smaller settings are best suited for my personality.
As a native Nebraskan, and a lifelong resident of northeast Nebraska, I love being in a rural, small-town setting, where the traffic jams consist of a tractor going down the highway followed by a h
I am incredibly excited to be a member of the Center for Rural Affairs team, where I am one piece of a large puzzle that can help create solutions for rural citizens.
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.
I’m excited to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with borrowers before, during, and after their loan transactions.
Rural America is my home—I grew up here, and I’m raising my family here.
I am a lifelong student of the outdoors.