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New Leaders Council

Meet our fellows: Jodi Benenson

Leading up to the graduation of our 2017 Fellows, we will be introducing you to members of the 2017 class. Let's get to know Jodi Benenson.

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I moved to Omaha in 2016 to start a job as an Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska Omaha. Prior to living in Omaha I was living in the Boston area, and was born and raised in Minneapolis. By day, I teach and conduct research on topics such as civic engagement, social policy, and nonprofit organizations. By night, you can find me supporting organizations like the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), scoping out the vegetarian options at a local restaurant, or strolling through Dundee.

What attracted you to the New Leaders Council?

With the rise in social, political, and economic inequalities in our communities, it is more important than ever to build and develop skills around organizing, advocacy, and leadership. I was attracted to NLC because I sought to learn more about how to channel my own progressive values through my work, balance rigorous research with practical and progressive goals, and use research and teaching as advocacy tools toward social change.

What have you gotten out of the fellowship?

I initially saw NLC as an opportunity to strengthen my skills as an engaged scholar, researcher, and civic leader in Omaha. But the NLC fellowship has provided so much more than a progressive leadership toolkit. NLC has broadened my network and allowed me to grow alongside a group of dedicated, passionate, and bold leaders committed to shaping Omaha's future.

Why do you love Omaha?

As a newcomer to the area, Omaha seems like an entrepreneurial place that provides opportunities and support for people to bring ideas to fruition. I also love Modern Love, because who doesn't love swanky vegan comfort food?


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