Jessica Scheuerman, Executive Director,

Jessica Scheuerman is a placemaking consultant, nonprofit founder and writer. Her expertise includes the animation of public space, arts-based economic development within underutilized commercial districts, and the social and economic wellness of communities undergoing demographic change. In 2020, she founded the Omaha-based nonprofit Partners for Livable Omaha and serves as its executive director.

In 2010, Scheuerman began developing neighborhood-based placemaking projects aimed at transforming vacant retail spaces into cultural and commercial destinations in Washington, D.C. In 2012, she returned to her hometown of Omaha to manage the launch of the Carver Bank project, with internationally recognized artist Theaster Gates, Chicago-based Rebuild Foundation and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts.

Scheuerman was vice president at Washington, D.C.-based Partners for Livable Communities, where she began her career in 2007. With Partners for Livable Communities, she wrote extensively concerning creative responses to America’s aging crisis and published the comprehensive, how-to guide Mobilizing Arts and Cultural Resources for Community Development.

Scheuerman’s work has been supported by ArtPlace America, the D.C. Office of Planning, MetLife Foundation, Kresge Foundation, the National Endowment of the Arts, The Sherwood Foundation, and numerous Nebraska-based sponsors. She founded of the Mayberry Neighbors neighborhood association in Midtown Omaha. She has a Master of Science in Urban Studies from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Certificate in Project Management from Georgetown University. 

Kaylea Kuhlman, Communications and Events Manager,

Kaylea Kuhlman is a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha studying Journalism and Media Communications, with a concentration in Creative Media and a minor in Marketing. Kaylea is passionate in many industries including entertainment, music, beauty, environmental, and human rights. She was born and raised in Norfolk, but now lives in Bellevue while finishing her degree and beginning her professional career in Social Media work.