Melissa Garcia

Community Innovation Fellow | Community Affairs Manager | Black Hills Energy | Broken Bow, Nebraska



Throughout the past fifteen years Melissa has played various roles in community development across western and central Nebraska. Her deep belief in using collective impact to intentionally seek a better future has given her the privilege of taking part in more than $300 million in development in her hometown of Broken Bow during the past five years. Her greatest professional accomplishments come in rural program development. She has had the pleasure of speaking at various conferences and events from National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship conferences to the stage of TEDx Lincoln. Melissa has been married to her husband Chad for 13 years. They and their two daughters live in Broken Bow where their children are the sixth generation of Melissa’s family to do so.

Leadership Roles

Creator of Leadership Custer County
Youth Leadership Custer County
Custer CAPABLE (Custer Alliance for Preparing Business Leadership and Education)
Former Connecting Young Nebraskans steering committee member


Nebraska Enterprise Fund Board
University of Nebraska President Advisory Committee
Leadership Nebraska graduate
Sherwood Foundation Community Catalyst
Former Member of Nebraska Entrepreneurship Task Force, created a joint community college curriculum for entrepreneurship


Speech Communications
Economic Development


USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grants
USDA Rural Energy for America Programs
Robert B. Daughtery Foundation


Central Nebraska Woman of the Year 2016