A Nebraska native, Mortensen will relocate to Lincoln from Cleveland, Ohio where he served as Director of Design & Development at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress for the last seven years.
“Wayne possesses a deep understanding of the mission and work of NeighborWorks Lincoln and has a stellar record working to revitalize neighborhoods, overseeing impressive projects from New Orleans to Northeast Ohio. Wayne’s community building and development experience channeled through both a design and social work lens, will serve our city and NeighborWorks Lincoln well,” said Joe Shaw, chair of NWL’s Board of Directors.
“We had built a great life in Cleveland, but couldn’t pass up this opportunity to return home to help lead such a venerable and important community institution as NeighborWorks and, through it, facilitate the critical work of building equitable and inclusive neighborhoods across Lincoln,” said Mortensen. “With the world literally and figuratively on fire all around us, this was the biggest bucket we could find. I look forward to working alongside civic leaders, city officials, and neighbors to facilitate progress critical to the residents of Lincoln.”
Earlier this year, the American Institute of Architects recognized Mortensen with a Young Architects Award; the announcement describes him as, “a champion for Cleveland’s urban communities and their recovery.” He graduated from the College of Architecture at UNL in 2003 (BS, Design) and has Masters Degrees in Architecture, Social Work and Urban Design from Washington University in St. Louis.
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NeighborWorks Lincoln is a non-profit organization dedicated to community revitalization through an active partnership of resident leaders, private businesses and public officials. We open doors for people to achieve their dreams of home ownership and for others who desire a safe and attractive neighborhood. Our mission is to revitalize neighborhoods and support homeownership, keeping Lincoln a safe and prosperous community.
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