Civic Nebraska has expanded its board of directors with the appointment of five new board members. The board supports and guides the nonprofit organization in its mission to build a more modern and robust democracy for all Nebraskans.
César Garcia, Drew Davies, Yohance Christie, Carol A. Subiabre, and Elizabeth Everett officially joined the board in June, bringing Civic Nebraska Board of Directors membership to 13.
Civic Nebraska was founded in 2008 as Nebraskans for Civic Reform by a group of politically diverse University of Nebraska students. Many who were involved at the founding have remained active in the organization, including several who currently serve on the board of directors.
The addition of board members has been a strategic objective for Civic Nebraska since 2017 and also reflects the upward trajectory of the organization, Executive Director Adam Morfeld said.
“As we continue to build momentum in voting rights, civic health, and youth civic leadership in communities across the state, Civic Nebraska knows that more, and more diverse, voices are needed to truly fulfill our mission,” Morfeld said. “I am looking forward to working closely with our board as we move into a new era of leadership.”
The new board members are:
Drew Davies. The owner of Oxide Design, Davies creates designs that solve problems through clarity. He is the national president emeritus of AIGA, the professional association for design, and has been honored as an AIGA Fellow. He is the only Nebraskan to serve as a judge for the Communication Arts Design Annual, the most exclusive major design competition in the world. Davies formerly served on Civic Nebraska’s Board of Advisers. He lives in Omaha.
Elizabeth Everett. A policy associate at First Five Nebraska, Everett leads the organization’s efforts to promote early childhood as a key economic development principle for the state. She previously lived in Washington, D.C. and worked for Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) in both his office and on the Senate Armed Services Committee. In these roles, she worked on several pieces of legislation, including the annual National Defense Authorization Act, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act and the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act. She lives in Lincoln.
César Garcia. The executive director of Magic City Redevelopment Corp., a nonprofit organization, Garcia is a licensed engineer and active community leader. With Magic City Redevelopment, Garcia leads the revitalization in areas of south Omaha, focusing on a more healthy, sustainable, and mixed-income community. He lives in Omaha.
Carol A. Subiabre. A lecturer of Spanish at the University of Nebraska since 2005, Subiabre also is the coordinator of the Basic Intermediate Level. In the last seven years, she and her husband David have worked closely with the Hispanic community, especially in the field of immigration. A native of Savannah, Georgia, she lives in Lincoln.
Yohance Christie. An assistant Lancaster County public defender since 2009, Christie is a member of the NAACP Lincoln Chapter and is past-president of the Inns of Court Lincoln Chapter. Christie also serves on boards of Family Service, the Lincoln Bar Association, and the College of Law Dean’s Advisory Board. He lives in Lincoln.