Great ideas won’t wait. There is no magic formula to making an idea a reality; it’s simply a matter of being committed to see it through.

Civic Nebraska is poised to take our ideas to new heights. In 2019, we will widen our reach in Civic Health Programs. Collective Impact Lincoln will accelerate into action in the Star City’s neighborhoods by transforming spaces to increase community connection and tackling barriers to housing affordability. We will continue to connect more Nebraskans with their state government, expand our Youth Civic Leadership opportunities, and launch new civic initiatives for Nebraska.

That’s just for starters. Rest assured that we will continue to make new connections and take untraveled paths forward, toward a strong and health democracy in the Cornhusker State. Because when an idea presents itself, there is no notion of later. Together, we’re turning those ideas into action.

Civic Nebraska staff and board members at Strengthening Democracy Awards in April.


Adam Morfeld, JD, Executive Director and Founder

Amanda Barker, Deputy Executive Director

Julie Ward, Assistant to the Executive Director

Liz Potter, Director of Development

Steve Smith, Director of Communications

Kelsey Liddy, MPA, Director of Finance

Christa Lemmer, Accounting Associate

Youth Civic Leadership

Kent Day, MA, Director of Youth Civic Engagement Programs

Shari Kimble, After School Program Manager

Rebecca Nichol, Site Director, Sherman Elementary School Community Learning Center

Tracy White, Site Director, Lewis and Clark Middle School Community Learning Center

Equasha Smith, Site Director, Lothrop Magnet Elementary Community Learning Center

Emily Koopmann, Site Director, Campbell Elementary School Community Learning Center

Voting Rights

John Cartier, JD, Director of Voting Rights

Brad Christian-Sallis, Voting Rights Policy Organizer

Westin Miller, MA, Voting Rights Policy and Communications Associate

Shannon Casey, Voting Rights Community Organizer

Civic Health Programs

Amanda Barker, Director of Civic Health Programs

Nancy Petitto, MA, Program Manager, Collective Impact Lincoln

Jose Lemus, Community Organizer, Collective Impact Lincoln

Madison Hilbert, Capitol Experience Day Coordinator

Julie Smith, Program Director, ONE Omaha

Mike McGuire, LEAD Program Manager, ONE Omaha

And more than 40 dedicated part-time employees in our schools, on our streets, and in our neighborhoods.