On October 6, Nebraska Appleseed will gather again to celebrate the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations who have stood up for justice and opportunity for all during the 2022 Good Apple Awards. We are proud to recognize this year’s honorees.
The Milo Mumgaard Emerging Leader Award, named after Appleseed’s founding executive director, recognizes emerging leaders who have a vision for the best of what Nebraska can be and, through initiative, hard work, and dedication, are pushing to make their vision a reality.
“Olga is an incredible leader with incredible instincts who really listens to community members. She has a love of community and joy in working with the people around her – all the while providing deep insight into the complex dynamics within the issues at hand.” – Darcy Tromanhauser, Immigrants & Communities Program Director
Olga Guevara is the previous Executive Director and current board member of Unity in Action, a non-profit in South Sioux City that focuses on empowering Latinos by promoting workers’ rights, civic engagement, and justice through education, training, and advocacy. Her collaborative work with local leaders and community members has had significant local and statewide impact.
Olga first stepped into the role of Executive Director as a social work student. Demonstrating wide levels of flexibility, she helped guide the organization’s development to ensure its important work can continue for the long-term — bringing the all-volunteer effort to become a sustainable local nonprofit with multiple staff, a strong base of funding, vibrant office space, and a core of dynamic volunteer leaders to serve a central role in the community.
“Olga always acts strategically and with the utmost dignity, even in the toughest of fights.” – Christa Yoakum, Immigrants & Communities Sr. Welcoming Coordinator