Elizabeth Hallgren | Community Engagement Director


Elizabeth Hallgren is Community Engagement Director at the Platte Institute, developing programs that serve Nebraskans and make the state an even better place for job-seekers and entrepreneurs.

She has advised business owners through the Goldman Sachs 10K Small Businesses program, and served as the state lead instructor for the University of Iowa’s Venture School program, working with more than 300 small businesses to build and grow sustainable business models.

Previously, she was full-time faculty at the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center at the University of Iowa and has worked with the U.S. State Department’s Young African Leadership Initiative’s Mandela Washington fellowship, educating community and business leaders in the United States and in Africa.

Elizabeth earned her Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She is an active volunteer with the Omaha West Rotary Club and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church.

Elizabeth is married to Dr. John Hallgren. Together they have two adult sons, Henry and Jim, and two good dogs, Willow and Bonnie.