Kyle McGlade

  • Hometown: Council Bluffs, IA
  • Campus: University of Nebraska Omaha
  • Major: Public Administration
  • Serviceship Community: Omaha Land Bank

Why did you pursue RFI’s Student Serviceship experience?
The RFI experience was a chance to take on a real leadership role in helping communities for a student like me who had less experience in the working world. The program presented the opportunity to work with an organization that met my interests while also challenging me to get out of my comfort zone.

What do you hope to learn and how do you hope to be different from this experience?
From the RFI experience, I am most excited about getting more in-depth knowledge of the planning aspect of housing. I will be working with the Omaha Municipal Land Bank, and I hope to take away best practices for reinventing neighborhoods and bringing neglected areas back to life. I am very interested in learning more about zoning codes and the legal side of the organization’s strategies.

What is your favorite aspect of Nebraska?
I’ve always felt welcome whenever I have visited the state. Not being from Nebraska, there are significant parts of the culture of the state that I haven’t experienced; however, I have never had a bad time or felt unwelcome, and I look forward to more direct experiences with Nebraska’s communities.