Jeff Hower

Program Officer


Melissa DeLaet GICF CEO

Jeff has lived and worked in central Nebraska for more than thirty years, the last ten in Grand Island. He earned his B.A. in Education from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the mid ‘90s, and completed his Master of Arts in Educational Administration in 2005. Jeff joined the Grand Island Community Foundation as Program Officer for Education in June of 2018.

Prior to coming on board at the Foundation, Jeff served for decades as an educator in local classrooms, working with youth in local churches, and in management of local irrigation businesses. Jeff is bilingual—English/Spanish—and has a background of experience as a liaison to community and culture in Grand Island and central Nebraska.

Jeff and his wife, Daurice, enjoy spending time with daughter Alexis Rose and her husband Dillon, and love to follow son Seth’s various sport teams. In his spare time, Jeff enjoys reading, fishing, and playing the guitar.

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