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New Leaders Council

Meet our 2017 fellows: Amanda Ponce

Leading up to the graduation of our 2017 fellows, we will be introducing you to members of the 2017 class. Let's learn about Amanda Ponce.

Tell us a little about yourself


I am a Chicana that stands a tall 4'11 3/4. Some of my proudest roles are a big sister, a tia (aunt), and a community leader. I am passionate in the areas of education, rehabilitation of inmates, and embracing indigenous cultures. I get to work with an amazing cohort of Avenue Scholars in assisting them in successfully transiting into Metropolitan Community College.

What attracted you to the New Leaders Council?

What initially attracted me to NLC was the word of mouth, then piecing together the great people who were affiliated with NLC, such as Senator Tony Vargas, Ruth Marimo, and Vernon Miller that ultimately convinced me to apply.

What have you gotten out of the fellowship?

Thus far the fellowship has given me confirmation that we have some AMAZING people in Omaha. In regards to the program, they have given me the knowledge and resources and "the push" to complete personal projects I have had stored in my mind for a while. The most important part is the "familia" aspect of it. My NLC familia challenges me to be the best version of myself.

Why do you love Omaha?

I love Omaha because I know can find diverse cultures, but in that same breath there is still much work to do. I love that Omaha can and will improve how different cultures are embraced and I am able to be a part of that growth.


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