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Engagement Team

Cathy Lang – Coordinator, Leirion Gaylor Baird, Wende Baker, Rick Carter, Jenni Christiansen, Rich Claussen, Barbara Fraser, Roger Garcia, Stephen Griffith, Pat Haverty, Rick Hoppe, Pam Hunzeker, Lea Ann Johnson, Jaci Klein, Meg Lauerman, Tyler Mainquist, Linda Major, Robin McDannel, Betty Medinger, John Neal, Sarah Peetz, Bob Rauner, Deb Schorr and Michael Shambaugh-Miller

Steering Committee

Barbara Bartle – Tri-Chair, Rich Bailey – Tri-Chair, JoAnn Martin – Tri-Chair, Jim Abel, Shanon Al-Badry, Carrie Al-Zuheri, Msgr. Liam Barr, Tom Beckius, Mayor Chris Beutler, Wendy Birdsall, Beatty Brasch, Eric Buchanan, Bill Cintani, Tim Clare, Tracy Corr, Sheila Dorsey-Vinton, Dan Duncan, Larry Evermann, Anthony Goins, David Graff, Brian Hastings, Katie Haszard, Paul Illich, Steve Joel, Jim Keck, Brad Korell, Craig Lewis, Wally Mason, Ross McCown, Cynthia Milligan, Kim Moore, Angie Muhleisen, Fred Ohles, Patty Pansing Brooks, Dave Pauley, Harvey Perlman, Dustin Petrik, Mike Renken, Kim Robak, Kim Russel, Robert Scott, Kent Seacrest, Vi See, Lori Seibel, Clay Smith, Tom Smith, Bill Stephan, Ava Thomas, Art Thompson, Patrick Timmer, Wendy Van, Rich Vierk, Brian Wachman, Larry Williams and Scott Young

Skills Work Group

Rich Vierk – Chair, Jim Abel, Wende Baker, Jeannine Berge, Beatty Brasch, Rich Claussen, Pat Haverty, Dennis Hoffman, Dan Hohensee, Paul Illich, Ruth Karlsson, Jim Keck, Tim Kenny, Vicki Leech, Linda Major, Mike Milbourn, Andrew Ritta, Kim Russel, Bryan Seck, Jeff Shimek, Ava Thomas, Wendy Van, Larry Williams and Scott Young

Early Childhood Work Group

Lori Seibel – Chair, Msgr Liam Barr, Jim Blue, Aaron Bowen, Eric Buchanan, Anthony Goins, Katie Haszard, Steve Joel, LeaAnn Johnson, Marjorie Kostelnik, Jim Krieger, Meg Lauerman, Cara Lucas-Richt, Betty Medinger, Cynthia Milligan, Kim Moore, Cindy Morris, Tanya Murray, Clay Naff, Helen Raikes, Trixie Schmidt, Susan Sheridan, Eileen Vautravers and Becky Veak

Innovation Work Group

John Neal – Chair, Brian Ardinger, Tom Beckius, Wendy Birdsall, Steven Bors, Jacob Buchholz, Ernie Castillo, Jeff Cole, Mark Crawford, Shane Farritor, Terry Heimes, Pam Hunzeker, Jeff Jirovec, Scott Lawson, Pat Leach, Tyler Mainquist, Dorris Miller, Adam Morfeld, Sam Nelson, Chuck Norris, Haleigh Riggle, Jennifer Rosenblatt and Jay Wilkinson

Quotes From Our Supporters

Prosper Lincoln is one of the most exciting community engagement and community-building efforts happening in the country.  It’s a real model!

Dan Cramer, Co-founder, Grassroots Solutions, St. Paul, MN

Prosper Lincoln will not only benefit all of your kids and your community; it is also a model for similar efforts around the country, thanks to the leadership of LCF.

Richard Ober, President & CEO, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; Founder Community Foundation Opportunity Network; Concord, NH

Communities across the US are searching for innovative initiatives to improve economic opportunity and mobility.  We can all learn from the amazing work of Prosper Lincoln!

Brian Collier, Executive Vice President, Foundation for the Carolinas

Prosper Lincoln is breaking new ground in economic revitalization without displacement.

Ellen Shepard, CEO, Allies, Chicago, IL

To see an entire community come together to ensure all Lincoln residents are successful is very inspirational.  Congratulations!

Nancy Van Milligen, President/CEO, Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque, Dubuque, IA

In my regional and national work in community development this is one of the most unique and exciting strategies for true change I have seen!

Del Gines, Senior Community Development Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Omaha, NE

Bringing together a multi-sector group of committed Lincoln residents will support prosperity for all.  Congratulations on this excellent collaboration.

Holly C. Sampson, President, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation, Duluth, MN

Diverse voices from across Lincoln came together so that current and future generations can thrive. This is no small feat, and it’s inspiring to see that collective vision inch closer to fruition. You can consider yourselves a model for other communities starting to embark on this work.

Megan Powers, International Program Officer, The McKnight Foundation Minneapolis, MN

There is no better example of the power of convening than Prosper Lincoln! Bringing together members of the community from all walks of life to enrich the City is inspiring.

Regine Webster, Vice President Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is creating a national model for building vibrant, equitable and resilient communities.  Systems thinking + the right resources!

Sandy Wiggins, Chair, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies (BALLE) Washington, DC

Prosper Lincoln is an important approach to solving community problems. By bringing together local businesses, nonprofits, neighborhoods, government and faith organizations, they are bridging divides, building connections, and sparking opportunities in way that shows true community engagement.

Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, Council on Foundations

This is one of the most impressive community focus efforts I have seen. You are making considerable progress!

Cynthia Hardin Milligan, Trustee and former Chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI

Lincoln is one of a few cities across America where citizens and leaders from across different sectors have come together to tackle their community’s most complex challenges. Your ability to already show results and persevere is inspiring.

Ben Hecht, President and CEO of Living Cities, Washington, DC

Solving tough national problems like the opportunity gap begins locally, and Prosper Lincoln is leading the way.

Robert D. Putnam, Professor of Public Policy and author, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

There is nothing more powerful in securing a community’s long-term health than evolving a shared vision through community engagement. Congratulations!

Rip Rapson, President, The Kresge Foundation, Detroit, MI