Chuck Hassebrook spent his career at the Center for Rural Affairs, a national rural advocacy and development organization based in the Northeast Nebraska community of Lyons. He served with the Center for over 36 years, including 18 as the Executive Director. His work was crucial in securing the passage of state and federal policy reforms that strengthen family farms, small business, and rural communities. During his time at the Center, they have provided loans, training, and business-planning assistance to over 10,000 small businesses in rural Nebraska.
Chuck also served 18 years as a Regent for the University of Nebraska, including two terms as Chair. His efforts led to tuition assistance for students from modest income families and the creation of a Rural Futures Institute, aimed at revitalizing small communities.
Chuck currently serves on the Board of the USDA North Central Region Rural Development Center, and has previously served on the Nebraska Rural Development Commission, USDA Commission on Small Farms, and the Board of Bread for the World, a Christian ecumenical anti-hunger organization based in Washington.
Chuck is a University of Nebraska graduate and native of Platte Center, where his family has farmed for more than a century. He lives with his wife, Kate, in Lyons, where they are active in Bethany Lutheran Church. They have two sons, Anton and Peter, both students at the University of Nebraska Lincoln.