Collective Impact Lincoln

You can reach our team via our online form. We can’t wait to hear from you!

What is Collective Impact Lincoln?

Collective Impact Lincoln (CIL) is a partnership between Nebraskans for Civic Reform, Nebraska Appleseed, and the South of Downtown Community Development Organization that focuses on:

Community conversations

Leadership opportunities

Community Action groups

We seek to engage residents of the Belmont, Clinton, Everett, Hartley, Near South and University Place neighborhoods to help create more vibrant places to live.

What are we doing?

The objective of CIL is to meet people at their doorstep and listen to the issues that matter. CIL seeks to work with residents through neighborhood collaborations and leadership initiatives to address the pressing concerns of their neighborhood.

Looking Forward

In the coming months we will be knocking on doors in our neighborhoods so we can have conversations about the issues that matter to you. CIL will be hosting leadership trainings starting in early 2018 that will give neighbors the opportunity to discuss action strategies.

Our Partners


Our Team

Liz Codina, NCR CIL Program Manager

I graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a B.S in Political Science and a concentration in Foreign and International Security Affairs and a second major in Latin/Latino American studies. I am fluent in English and Spanish. I am trained in leadership excellence, management, and community organizing. I have had the wonderful opportunity to work on community leadership and engagement efforts as well as nonprofit initiatives among other things.

I am truly passionate about working with community members through community outreach and policy advocacy and I look forward to meeting you and swapping stories!

José Lemus, NCR Community Organizer

I am a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Global Studies. As the new community organizer for NCR, I will work with Nebraska Appleseed and the SDCDO to fulfill the objectives of the Collective Impact program. This new role combines my affinity for meeting new people with my professional interest in researching the intersection of data and public policy.

Isabel Salas, SDCDO Community Builder

I am originally from Lexington, Nebraska and a recent graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I have a passion for advocacy and activism which are tied to my Political Science, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Global Studies majors. I have had several internships and volunteer experiences with Nebraska nonprofits. My hometown of Lexington is a very diverse town which boasts one of the largest Latinx populations in Nebraska. The experience of living there has taught me the power and vitality of welcoming and inclusive communities.

Raul Noguera-McElroy, NE Appleseed Community Organizer

Hello! My name is Raul Noguera-McElroy, I am originally from Taos, New Mexico but now call Lincoln my home! I am a 2017 graduate of Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota and In my free time, I play chess, I read, and I like to go on long walks (especially to the Sunken Gardens). My previous work includes campaign work and policy work at the Department of Education.

Selina Martinez, NE Appleseed Community Organizer

I started working at Nebraska Appleseed as a Community Organizer in March 2015. I formerly interned with Appleseed and helped with get out to vote efforts. I am a graduate from UNL and have a B.A. in Sociology and minors in Communication and Business Administration. I previously worked as an Administrative Assistant at Center for Legal Immigration Assistance (CLIA), a local nonprofit that provides affordable and quality legal immigration services.

Billie Gallagher, Staff Attorney

I am originally from Lincoln, and moved to New York to attend college before returning to Lincoln for law school. I graduated from New York University with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Politics and Religious Studies and a minor in History. I received my J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law, with concentrations in Constitutional Law and Criminal Litigation. Throughout college and law school I’ve worked in various positions in government, politics, and nonprofit groups. I have always been passionate about social justice and am excited to be part of the CIL team!

Contact Us

You can reach our team via our online form. We can’t wait to hear from you!