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.
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.
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
Steven Sariscany, Proxibid Auctions
Shari Thompson, Certified Internal Auditor
Matt Wentz, Certified Public Accountant
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
IPL is grateful for the ongoing support of many local and national foundations, individuals and businesses who have supported our work including:
- Catholic Campaign For Human Development
- Sherwood Foundation
- Hawks Foundation
- William & Ruth Scott Family Foundation
- Sisters of Mercy West/Midwest Community Mercy Grants
- Omaha Community Foundation Greatest Needs Fund
- The Ambassadors
- Women’s Fund of Greater Omaha
- Presbyterian Church USA
Over 200 Individual Contributors through Omaha Gives & Annual Contributions