Originally from Argentina, Emiliano Lerda was drawn to America’s Midwest because its agricultural environment reminded him of his native Cordoba province. At the University of Northern Iowa, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, he became the first international student elected student body president. He then worked for the State of Iowa Board of Regents as the student relations officer. Lerda attended Drake University Law School where he graduated with a juris doctorate (J.D.), and certificates in Public Service Law, Food & Agriculture Law, and International Comparative & Human Rights Law. After obtaining his law degree he worked as government relations manager for the Iowa Corn Growers Association. He has always been passionate about public service and has worked with nonprofit organizations both as a staff member and as a board member since 2002. Lerda is a licensed attorney and has a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Arkansas School of Law. He joined Justice For Our Neighbors-Nebraska (JFON-NE) as Executive Director in January 2011. Lerda was an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he taught Immigration, Law & Latinos in 2012 and 2013. He also participated in the Nonprofit Executive Institute and Leadership Omaha Class 36. Lerda is passionate about building sustainable organizations that make a positive impact in our community and serves on several local nonprofit boards of directors. He is currently enrolled in the Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Program, in Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He is fluent in English and Spanish.