Kara Eastman

Kara Eastman

Kara Eastman has more than 20 years of experience leading social service and nonprofit organizations. An MSW in Social Work, she started Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance and has grown it from a small, start-up lead poisoning prevention organization to a nationally recognized, award-winning nonprofit that has raised more than $13 million to support green, safe and healthy housing in Omaha. She manages a staff of 10 full-time employees, including lead risk assessors, energy auditors, healthy homes specialists and master home environmentalists.

Eastman has also served as a preceptor for five Master's degree students from the College of Public Health at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. She has been a board member of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and has served as an appointed member of the Mayor of Omaha's Fair Housing Advisory Board.

Eastman is originally from Chicago and has a Master’s from Loyola University Chicago. Her primary experiences have been with start-up nonprofits focusing on social and health issues. She has worked as the director of Rainbow House, a domestic violence shelter in Chicago; helped start Extra Hands for ALS, a national, student-based volunteer program assisting patients with Lou Gehrig’s Disease; and was the director of Friendship Shelter, a shelter and transitional housing program for homeless adults.

Eastman and her husband Scott, an associate professor of history at Creighton University, have one daughter, Sabina.