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Renee Franklin

AIM Institute Names Renee Franklin President and Chief Executive Officer

The AIM Institute Board of Directors has named Renee Franklin as the nonprofit’s President and Chief Executive Officer to continue its essential contributions in growing a diverse tech ecosystem. Franklin succeeds AIM President and CEO Dr. Kandace Miller, who served the organization for 30 years.

Dedicated to education and community service, Franklin spent the past 25 years as an executive leader ensuring nonprofit organizations thrived to positively impact others. Franklin’s expertise in building community partnerships in addition to fund development strengthened nonprofit initiatives.

Franklin previously led the Elementary Learning Centers at the Learning Community as its executive director from 2010 to 2022. She also served as the executive director at Kids Can Community Center for 12 years. At Kids Can Community Center, Franklin helped transform the organization’s structure and vision, which led it to be one of the first recipients of the Nonprofit Organization Award from the Greater Omaha Chamber. The Learning Community, under Franklin’s leadership, developed nationally recognized program models to assist youth in poverty; it was the first in Nebraska to be recognized by the Aspen Institute. It also received the Bright Spots in Hispanic Education Award from the White House.

“I am honored to lead AIM into the future, and I look forward to working with so many talented tech professionals and visionaries,” Franklin said. “I have long admired AIM’s life-changing education and outreach programs; I look forward to helping inspire the next generation of tech talent in Omaha and beyond.”

Franklin attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha where she earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication with a minor in psychology, and a master’s degree in public administration, graduating with honors. She also earned a CFRE (Certified Fundraising Executive) certification from the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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