Milan Wall

Community Innovation Fellow | Co-Director | Heartland Center for Leadership Development

Lincoln, Nebraska



Milan Wall is a founder and co-director of The Heartland Center for Leadership Development, an independent nonprofit organization developing local leadership that responds to the challenges of the future. Based in Lincoln, Nebraska, the Heartland Center is known internationally for its practical resources for rural community survival. A native of North Platte, Neb., Mr. Wall has been a journalist, higher education administrator and independent consultant. He owned a strategic planning consulting firm before he helped to found the Heartland Center in 1985. He is the author of more than a dozen publications on leadership and community development and is a frequent speaker at conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada. Active in community affairs, Mr. Wall is a former member of the Lincoln Board of Education and currently serves on the Board of the Nebraska Literary Heritage Association. Milan is an internationally respected rural community development practitioner in the design and implementation of hundreds of programs across dozens of rural communities in the United States.


  • Degrees in English and Education
  • Expertise in Community and Leadership Development
  • Experience in Community Engagement/Facilitation
  • Expertise in Research and Evaluation



  • CDS Innovative Program Award
  • CDS Community Development Achievement Award
  • UNL College of Education Alumni Excellence Award
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation 75th Anniversary Award
  • Ford Foundation Program Award
  • Blandin Foundation Community Development Curriculum