Zarek ’15 uses data to help Nebraska thrive

1 Dec 2019


As chief data officer at the Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Jennifer Zarek ’15 works behind the scenes, crunching numbers and analyzing data, to boost her home state and ensure Nebraska continues to offer the good life.

“I believe in the mission of the department and find my work meaningful because I want to see Nebraska thrive, especially the areas outside Lincoln and Omaha,” she said. “The national pattern is that rural areas and smaller cities and towns are starting to die out. I think we can change that dynamic in Nebraska. It’s important for the health of Nebraska overall that we have dynamic communities across the state.”

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