Meet the Collective Impact Team!
José Lemus, NCR Community Organizer
I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Global Studies. As the new community organizer for Civic Nebraska, I will work with Nebraska Appleseed and the SDCDO to fulfill the objectives of the Collective Impact program. This new role combines my affinity for meeting new people with my professional interest in researching the intersection of data and public policy.
Isabel Salas, SDCDO Community Organizer
I am originally from Lexington, Nebraska and a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 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 have had several internships and volunteer experience with Nebraska nonprofits. My hometown of Lexington is a very diverse town which boasts of one of the largest Latinx populations in Nebraska. The experience of living there has taught me the power of vitality of welcoming and inclusive communities.
Raul Noguera-McElroy, Nebraska Appleseed Community Organizer
Hello! My name is Raul Noguera-McElroy, I am originally from Taos, New Mexico but now call Lincoln my home! I am a 2017 graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and In my free time, I play chess, I read, and I like to go on long walks (especially to the Sunken Gardens). My previous work includes campaign work and policy work at the Department of Education.
Selina Martinez, Nebraska Appleseed Community Organizer
I started working at Nebraska Appleseed as a Community Organizer in March 2015. I formerly interned with Appleseed and helped with get out to vote efforts. I am a graduate from UNL and have a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Communication and Business Administration. I previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at Center for Legal Immigration Assistance (CLIA), a local nonprofit that provides affordable and quality legal immigration services.
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 J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with concentrations in Constitutional Law and Criminal Litigation. Throughout 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 CIL team!
Jewel Rogers, South of Downtown, Community Organizer
As a native of North Omaha, I’ve seen first hand what the power of resiliency can do in the heart of the 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 & Regional Planning, and Civic Engagement, I leverage the power of residents to help create communities we can all call home.