About IPL

IPL’s Mission Statement

The Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) empowers diverse and emerging communities by developing leaders to act for justice and the common good. IPL is an affiliate organization with Omaha Together One Community (OTOC).

IPL collaborates with local organizations to identify emerging leaders.

IPL provides skills training, research and organizing support.

IPL focuses on leaders from diverse faiths, races, and socio-economic backgrounds including refugees and immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America, public school parents, and faith-based and community organizations.

IPL. Investing in People. For the Common Good.

Current Focus of our Work

IPL is currently providing leadership development and skills training through these initiatives:

Training for OTOC Action Teams: IPL provides ongoing leadership training and organizing support to 150 leaders working on five Action Teams of Omaha Together One Community (OTOC). Currently, OTOC leaders are working on: Revitalizing Housing, Immigration Reform, Improving Mental Health, Environmental Sustainability, Medicaid and Fair Tax policies.

August 18 training session
OTOC Civic Engagement Training August 2014

Refugee Rental Rights and Responsibilities Trainings: IPL provides training to refugee communities about their rental rights and responsibilities and tenants to prevent conflict and unfair landlord practices. The trainings include interpretation into the refugees’ own language by someone from their own community. The presentations inform refugee tenants about their responsibilities as tenants, their rights as tenants, and how to get help if their landlord is not honoring those rights. These trainings offer a way to learn more about refugee issues and organize and develop leaders within the refugee communities.

Our Board

Debra Romberger, M.D., Board President, Henry J. Lehnhoff Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Allison Latenser, Board Secretary, Community Volunteer

Mark Hoeger, Board Treasurer, Co-President, Oberon Entertainment

Ken Smith, Staff Attorney, Nebraska Appleseed

Carol Zuegner, Associate Professor of Journalism, Creighton University

Sr. Marilyn Ross, Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community

Sr. Cynthia Hruby, Notre Dame Sisters

Shari Thompson, Certified Internal Auditor

Matt Wentz, Certified Public Accountant

Rachel O’Neil, Education Director, Urban Abbey

Richard Blocker, Customer Service

Jacques Musavyimana, Student, Burundian Leader

Advisory Committee:

Kathleen Grant, M.D., Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UNMC, Staff Physician, Omaha VA Medical Center

Anna Lee Welch, private Accountant and Community Volunteer

Pam Font-Gable, Community Leader

 Our Supporters

IPL is grateful for the ongoing support of many local and national foundations, individuals and businesses who have supported our work including:

And over 200 Individual Contributors through Omaha Gives & Annual Contributions