The Institute for Public Leadership (IPL) empowers diverse and emerging communities by developing leaders to act for justice and the common good. IPL is affiliated with Omaha Together One Community (OTOC).

IPL focuses on leaders from diverse faiths, races, and socio-economic backgrounds including refugees and immigrants from Asia, Africa and Latin America, faith-based and community organizations.

IPL. Investing in People. For the Common Good.

IPL supports the work of these Action Teams of Omaha Together One Community:
***Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Action Team-revitalizing older communities through innovative strategies like the Land Bank, Vacant Property Ordinance and increased funds for demolition. OTOC leaders are now asking City Council to work with them to improve the safety of rental housing in Omaha, including adopting a Rental Property Registration and Inspection Ordinance.
***Immigrant and Refugee Communities Action Team-organizing to support fair treatment of immigrants and refugees such as recent drivers and commercial licenses of qualified immigrant youth. OTOC leaders are now working to assure that Omaha Police Department continues use community policing strategies with immigrant and refugee communities, and not investigate immigration status unless they arrest for a serious crime.
***Environmental Sustainability Action Team-teaching about impact of climate change on our community. OTOC leaders are now working to convince Omaha City Council to end the co-mingling of yard waste and trash in our landfills since that increases the production of climate-changing methane.
***Mental Health Action Team Action Team-working to identify and reduce the existing gaps in our behavioral health care system.
***Health Care for All Action Team-organizing community support so that working poor have access to affordable health insurance even if they fall in the coverage gap.

IPL is currently working with refugee leaders to teach refugee communities about their Rights and Responsibilities as tenants.


Gloria Austerberry, Co-chair of the OTOC Housing Action Team

Training I received through the Institute for Public Leadership has helped me succeed as a Co-chair of OTOC's Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization Action Team. I learned to seek out others who share my passion for improving Omaha's quality of housing for all. I also learned how important it is to our effectiveness to reflect on and evaluate our actions and meetings of various kinds.

Laurie Gift, Co-Chair of the OTOC Environmental Sustainability Team

"A spark was ignited in me when I attended my first training session and heard that our collective power is a good thing which we can utilize to shape policy set by our elected officials. My eyes got big, my heart began to race, and I thought to myself "Wow! This is where I want to be!" I attended more training sessions and eventually became the Chairperson of OTOC's Environmental Sustainability Action Team. IPL's trainer and OTOC leaders have provided guidance, education and encouragement while I was learning to become a leader. They remain by my side and are available when I need help. For me, this training played a key role in my becoming involved with OTOC and remains so to this day."