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Pat Thraen

Community Investment Officer
Youth Pathways to Success


As a Community Investment Officer at the foundation, I have the privilege of leading our Youth Development strategy, while also fulfilling my passion for helping young people succeed. This role provides me with the opportunity to work with area youth organizations and intermediaries to ensure that under-served youth have access to the programs and services they need to be prepared for academic, personal, and professional success. My work focuses on improving the quality, capacity, coordination, and reach of the out-of-school time sector across Nebraska; providing under-served youth in Omaha with quality out-of-school time experiences throughout the year; and ensuring that youth have opportunities to explore and experience STEM concepts early in their educational pathway. 

Throughout my career at the foundation, I have served in administrative, grants management, and program roles, which have allowed me to build my knowledge of and network within the philanthropic sector. I received my B.A. in General Studies (with an emphasis in Non-Profit Management) from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. My husband Tony and I (both native Iowans) enjoy spending time with our three adult children and four grandchildren.