In a unanimous vote on December 2nd, 2021 the Nebraska Environmental Trust Board appointed Karl Elmshaeuser to become the agency’s new Executive Director. Elmshaeuser will begin his role on Monday, December 20th, 2021.
“I am honored to be selected as the next Executive Director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust,” Elmshaeuser said. “ I look forward to utilizing my management and leadership experience to oversee the Nebraska Environmental Trust, with a strong passion to conserve and enhance the natural environments of Nebraska. My extensive experience in grant management will enable me to make invaluable contributions to the citizens and natural environment of Nebraska.”
Josh Andersen, Board Chairman noted, “Karl brings valuable experience in local, state, and federal programs. Through his work from Ogallala to Lincoln, Karl has demonstrated his ability to build relationships with people and organizations to get the job done.”
Nebraska Farm Bureau President Mark McHargue commented, “We want to congratulate Karl Elmshaeuser on his new role as Executive Director of the Nebraska Environmental Trust. We look forward to partnering with the Environmental Trust on future opportunities to conserve our state’s natural resources.”
Following a Board approved public process, the NET Executive Committee held a nationwide search, reviewing 61 applicants. Six applicants were selected for interviews and three finalists advanced to second round interviews.
Sherry Vinton, former District 3 NET board member said, “The Trust has made an outstanding hire with Karl. He brings a wealth of experience from his time at USDA and the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy. His vision and work with conservation and agriculture stakeholders will help move the Trust forward.”
Karl Elmshaeuser has served as the USDA Rural Development State Director and prior to that as the Executive Director for the West Central Nebraska Development District (WCNDD). While he was the Executive Director as WCNDD they received two national awards for community innovation programs. He served two terms on the Nebraska Rural Development Commission. He has also served on the Nebraska Regional Official Council and the National Association of Development board of directors.
Sandra Scofield, representing the Friends of the Environmental Trust thanked the Board during public comment saying: “I just want to say good job guys, and welcome too, Mr. Elmshaeuser.”
Elmshaeuser has a Bachelors degree in Management from the University of Nebraska and served for six years in the United States Marine Corp.