Wynn Hermstad Mitsuo Kawamoto Award

The 2024 Nebraska Planning Conference included award presentations to some very deserving individuals! We’ll be telling their stories one at a time, next up is Wynn Hermstad from the City of Lincoln.

Wynn has over 35 years of experience in city planning. She began her career as a Neighborhood Specialist and grew her career and community simultaneously.
 
Over the years, Wynn has managed redevelopment and revitalization projects from small neighborhood projects to large scale redevelopments. Wynn continues to manage several large-scale redevelopment efforts for the City, including the redevelopment of the Telegraph District in Antelope Valley, the Veterans Administration Campus, and the University of Nebraska Innovation Campus. Wynn was instrumental in the inception of Antelope Valley in conjunction with the Joint Antelope Valley Authority’s (JAVA) work to decrease the impact of the flood plain, improve transportation, and spur private reinvestment.
 
Wynn is also responsible for implementing Lincoln’s Affordable Housing Coordinated Action Plan. Furthermore, she manages Lincoln’s federally-funded community and housing assistance programs, the City of Lincoln Lead Safe Lincoln grant, and, during the pandemic, the government’s related Housing and Utility Assistance funds. Lastly, she was instrumental in developing a TIF-driven residential rental rehabilitation program to increase housing quality, quantity, and affordability in Lincoln’s South of Downtown neighborhoods.
 
Congratulations, Wynn!