Randy Hawthorne

Randy Hawthorne

product manager
Nelnet

Having a rivaled human network, Randy makes it his mission to connect those humans to their next big thing.

Randy has decades of experience in the nonprofit industry, having served on 12 boards. He was the executive director of Launch Leadership after founding Nonprofit Hub, an educational resource for nonprofits worldwide. He also established The Foundry, a collaboration center for nonprofits and community coffee shop in downtown Lincoln. He currently serves as a product manager at Nelnet, building software for the nonprofit sector.

As a lifelong marketer, Randy speaks and teaches classes on branding and strategy and helps entrepreneurs navigate taking their ideas to reality.

Randy graduated from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln with a bachelor of journalism degree in broadcasting.

He has volunteered for a number of organizations including Lincoln Community Playhouse, Lied Center for Performing Arts, Rotary Club #14, Leadership Lincoln, TEDx Lincoln and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Randy has participated in Leadership Nebraska and Leadership Lincoln, where he regularly volunteers for Youth Leadership Lincoln.

He’s been recognized as Lincoln’s first luminary for embodying the values of the community. Downtown Lincoln gave him an Impact Award and Leadership Lincoln named him Servant Leader of the Year.

He enjoys mentoring students and entrepreneurs, occasionally makes his way to a theater stage, geeks out on local history and goes on dining adventures.