Meet the Collective Impact Lincoln team

Here are the dedicated staffers who are listening, advocating, organizing and making Lincoln's neighborhoods vibrant.

Nancy Petitto, Program Manager

I love working with teams, whether it’s event planning, project management, or leadership development initiatives. In my previous roles, I’ve managed large groups, collaborated with different community and business partners, and cultivated team development. I am passionate about the work of helping to lift Lincoln residents to a better and more just quality of life. Collective Impact Lincoln is an amazing opportunity to engage in the necessary conversations to create positive change.


José Lemus, Civic Nebraska Community Organizer

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and global studies. As the community organizer for Civic Nebraska, I work with Nebraska Appleseed and the South of Downtown Community Development Organization to fulfill the objectives of the Collective Impact Lincoln program. This role combines my affinity for meeting new people with my professional interest in researching the intersection of data and public policy.


Isabel Salas, South of Downtown CDO Community Organizer

I am from Lexington and a graduate of the University of Nebraska. I have a passion for advocacy and activism, which are tied to my political science, women’s and gender studies, and global studies major. I’ve had several internships and volunteer experience with Nebraska nonprofits. My hometown  boasts of one of the largest Latinx populations in Nebraska, and has taught me the power of welcoming and inclusive communities.



Raul Noguera-McElroy, Nebraska Appleseed Community Organizer

I am originally from Taos, New Mexico, but now call Lincoln home. I am a 2017 graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and in my free time, I play chess, read, and like to go on long walks — especially to the Sunken Gardens. My previous work includes campaign and policy work at the Department of Education.



Natasha Naseem, Nebraska Appleseed Community Organizer

Natasha is a community organizer at Nebraska Appleseed and is a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska. Previously, she was an intern for Nebraska Appleseed and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Nebraska. She also serves on the Board of Directors for ACLU of Nebraska.


Billie Gallagher, Nebraska Appleseed Staff Attorney

I am originally from Lincoln, and moved to New York to attend college before returning to Lincoln for law school. I graduated from New York University with bachelor of arts degrees in politics and religious studies and a minor in history. I received my law degree from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with concentrations in constitutional law and criminal litigation. In college and law school, I’ve worked in various positions in government, politics, and nonprofit groups. I have always been passionate about social justice and am excited to be part of the Collective Impact Lincoln team.

Jewel Rodgers, South of Downtown CDO Community Organizer

As a native of north Omaha, I’ve seen firsthand what the power of resiliency can do in the hearts of people. As a community builder, I aim to bridge the gap between economic development and the social connectedness needed to keep it successful. Continuing my studies in management, entrepreneurship, community and regional planning, and civic engagement, I leverage the power of residents to help create communities we can all call home.



Collective Impact Lincoln is a partnership between Civic Nebraska, Nebraska Appleseed, and the South of Downtown Community Development Organization. We support neighborhood community conversations, leadership, and action opportunities to help create a more vibrant and inclusive place to live. Our focus neighborhoods include Belmont, Clinton, Everett, Hartley, Near South, and University Place.


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    1111 Lincoln Mall, Suite 350, Lincoln, NE 68508
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