Bold Nebraska

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Bold Nebraska is a political organization founded in 2010 in the state of Nebraska in the Midwestern United States. It has emerged as one of the principal opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline in Nebraska. Bold Nebraska also works on other issues including voting rights, local food, eminent domain, and workplace issues.[1]

Jane Fleming Kleeb[edit]

Jane Fleming Kleeb lives in Hastings, Nebraska, with her husband Scott, the owner of a small business, Energy Pioneer Solutions.[2] A native of Florida, Kleeb is the daughter of an activist who was not only strongly involved in local politics, but also took on the role as president of a local 'Right to Life' community.[3] Kleeb graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., where she was awarded a Masters in International Training and Education.[4] She also holds an undergraduate degree in Studies of Religion from Stetson University. Additionally, Kleeb managed an AmeriCorps program in Tallahassee for 4 years and in Philadelphia for 2 years. She also ran a nonprofit program that focused on eating disorders at the Renfrew Center Foundation. During that time, she worked on the Mental Health Parity Bill and was the lead consultant on the award-winning HBO documentary, Thin.

In 2003, Kleeb became the executive director of Young Democrats of America. Her message to party leaders was: "You guys should invest in young voters."
In 2004, she helped to develop a pilot program targeting young voters in six states, called the 'Young Voters Alliance'. Four years later, Barack Obama's presidential campaign would successfully attract young voters nationwide using a similar template that focused on peer-to-peer organizing and culture-based communications.[5]

In 2006, she met Scott Kleeb [6] during his close - but unsuccessful - campaign for Nebraska's 3rd Congressional District.[7] Not long after, they were married and she joined him in Nebraska in 2007.

In 2009, Kleeb helped to lead a statewide organizing campaign in support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, working with the progressive group Change That Works (operated by the SEIU and other partner groups), and acting in conjunction with the umbrella organization, Health Care for America Now, as well as local Nebraska groups, such as AARP, the Center for Rural Affairs, and Nebraska Appleseed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perez, Juan (March 12, 2012). "Bold Nebraska and Human Rights Campaign step into LGBT battle". Omaha World Herald. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Walton, Don (December 19, 2009). "Kleeb works to transform Nebraska.". Journal Star (Lincoln, Neb). Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Walton, Don (December 19, 2009). "Kleeb works to transform Nebraska". Journal Star (Lincoln, Neb). Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Walton, Don (December 19, 2009). "Kleeb works to transform Nebraska". Journal Star (Lincoln, Neb). Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Walton, Don (December 19, 2009). "Kleeb works to transform Nebraska". Journal Star (Lincoln, Neb). Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Engineer Pioneer Solutions: Our Team". Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  7. ^ "Scott Kleeb for Congress (cached)". Archive.org. Retrieved 19 August 2013.