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New Leaders Council

Meet our 2017 fellows: Nancy De Santiago

Leading up to the graduation of our 2017 fellows, we will be introducing you to members of the 2017 class. Let's chat with Nancy De Santiago. 

Tell us a little about yourself.


I am a first generation American and college graduate. I was raised in Lexington, NE. I have lived in Omaha since 2014 and love the big-small-city community. I currently work at Nebraska Medicine as a patient placement nurse. I love helping people and I enjoy spending time with my family. One day I hope to take a sabbatical and travel the world!

What attracted you to the New Leaders Council?

As a first generation American, I understand the struggles and challenges that many will face. With New Leaders Council, an opportunity existed to collaborate with highly skilled progressive leaders across multiple sectors on issues that affected me growing up. NLC provided me with the platform and training to fight against issues that create divisiveness and lack social justice.

What have you gotten out of the fellowship?

The unique fellowship has allowed me to learn about entrepreneurship, advocacy, and political management. It has also provided the pathway and accountability to launch a capstone project with the guidance of an amazing facilitator. In addition to the professional development and mentoring, I have expanded my network and met many incredible professionals that have become like family.

Why do you love Omaha?

Omaha is a beautiful, diverse city that is just the perfect size. I love the attractions, artistry, and events that make Omaha a welcoming city. Best of all, there are a variety of options when it comes to satisfying your hunger from Mediterranean to Italian family-owned restaurants. Overall, Omaha provides a great quality of life with endless opportunities for young entrepreneurs. It provides a fertile ground to grow as a professional and progress as a community.

Support Nancy and all of NLC by attending "Why We Love Omaha: An NLC Fundraiser" on June 8. Buy tickets today at


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