One of the great pleasures I have as the executive director of Civic Nebraska is the opportunity to work with talented and hard working young Nebraskans who have a passion and a vision for our state and democracy.
Kelsey Arends is one of those young Nebraskans.
As Kelsey leaves as our Director of Operations and Special Programs to study the law at the University of Nebraska College this week, her passion, vision, and dedication to creating a more modern and robust democracy for all Nebraskans will be missed.
However, the countless programs she has created will live on because of her leadership and energy.
Young urban and rural Nebraskans will continue to work together to identify and solve critical issues in their community and learn the leadership skills that will empower them to improve their communities. Young women will continue to build leadership skills and confidence to take leadership from successful women in Nebraska through our Circles program. Nebraskans for years to come will continue to benefit from the Nebraska Civic Health Partnership she led and the first ever Nebraska Civic Health Index that she created and spearheaded.
At the age of 24, Kelsey has demonstrated that young Nebraskans can take big ideas and turn them in reality.
I hope you will join me in thanking Kelsey for all of her leadership and wish her the best in law school!
I have a feeling it is not the last we will hear from her.
Adam Morfeld, J.D.
Executive Director & Founder