Live Well Omaha, a nonprofit organization aimed at making Omaha a healthier city, named Anne Meysenburg the new executive director Tuesday.
Meysenburg, an Omaha native, said her passion for health and desire to impact the community make the position a natural fit.
“I'm a cyclist, I work out, I lift weights, I eat healthy, and I see that there are a lot of ways that the community can be designed to help other people do the same thing,” she said.
Meysenburg graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with an undergraduate degree in communications and public affairs and from the University of Missouri at Columbia with a master's degree in non-profit management and public policy analysis.
She previously worked as the executive director of the Kent Bellows Studios & Center for Visual Arts, a local organization that provides mentoring for high school artists. During Meysenburg's time there, she worked in administrative services.
She will begin her work with Live Well Omaha next month.
Why are you so passionate about health?
For me, eating well and exercising is inherent in my nature. My mom is really into healthy living and physical activity. We played outside a lot. My mom was a baker and made food from scratch for us – a lot of it coming out of our or my grandmother's garden. Even now, once a week during the summer, we bike together early in the mornings and find opportunities to walk together.
What specific goals do you have for Live Well Omaha?
I'll be spending a great deal of time learning from my staff and Live Well Omaha partners before I prescribe what the next step is for the organization. It will be a huge help for me to understand, know and honor their goals and where they're going.
Do you thinking being a Nebraska native will help you as executive director?
Not to say that somebody couldn't come to the community and learn the landscape, but I think being from Omaha will be beneficial to me and this experience. I already have network of individuals personally and professionally that I can tap into to drive the needle forward for Live Well Omaha.
What projects does Live Well Omaha have in the works that you're looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to the Urban Adventure Race, Open Streets Omaha. (An initiative that turns streets into play spaces to encourage physical activity among children) and promoting active transportation in the city.
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