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Our new trustees for 2019

History Nebraska iconCharles Schroeder of Eagle and David C. Levy of Omaha have joined our Board of Trustees for 2019. History Nebraska is an independent Nebraska state agency that is directly governed by a fifteen-member board of trustees. Members elect twelve; the governor appoints three.

Charles P. “Chuck” Schroeder is a native of southwestern Nebraska ranch country near Palisade. He was named founding executive director of the University of Nebraska Rural Futures Institute in December 2013, the position from which he retired on June 30, 2018. He is now fully engaged in Schroeder Fine Art, with gallery shows and exhibitions in more than a half dozen venues since inception in July 2017.

Prior to joining the RFI, Schroeder served as president and executive director of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Schroeder has held other leadership positions in the public, private and non-profit sectors, including serving as founding CEO of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; executive vice president and director of development at the University of Nebraska Foundation; and director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.

Schroeder was also involved in founding three rural-focused nonprofit organizations: the Heartland Center for Leadership Development, the Rural Policy Research Institute, and Agriculture Future of America. He is also an accomplished portrait artist and horseman. 

Schroeder was with the Schroeder Cattle Company for about 30 years, until its sale in 2004. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska with a degree in Animal Science. Chuck and his wife, Kathi, have one daughter, Lindsay Hastings, who is a faculty member at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and are also proud grandparents of two wonderful granddaughters.

David Levy is an attorney with approximately 20 years of experience representing clients in zoning, land use, energy, environmental and general real estate matters. He is the Chair of Baird Holm Law Firm's Real Estate, Energy, Environmental and Government Relations practice groups.

Levy is a registered lobbyist in the State of Nebraska. In 2011, he led a group that introduced and lobbied for a bill that would create a state historic tax credit in Nebraska. In 2014, this effort successfully concluded with the passage a 20 percent state tax credit for rehabilitation of historic buildings in Nebraska.

Levy has earned the American Institute of Certified Planners designation, the City Planning profession’s highest level of certification. Since 2011, Levy’s peers have selected him for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Land Use & Zoning Law. In 2015, the American College of Real Estate Lawyers elected him as Fellow.

Levy devotes substantial time to the community. He currently serves as a Commissioner of the Omaha Housing Authority and as a member of the Omaha by Design Board of Directors. Before beginning his legal career, David worked for seven years as a City Planner for the City and County of San Francisco. He is a native of Lincoln, Nebraska.

Learn more about the History Nebraska Board of Trustees here.

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