Meet Chuck Hassebrook

Chuck Hassebrook is the Vice President for Project Development with Sandhills Energy of Valentine, Nebraska and works out of his home in Lyons. In that capacity, he is developing utility scale solar and wind projects in rural areas.

Career & Family Life

Chuck Hassebrook spent most of his career at the Center for Rural Affairs, a national rural advocacy and development organization based in the Northeast Nebraska community of Lyons. He served with the Center for over 36 years, including 18 as the Executive Director. His work was crucial in securing the passage of state and federal policy reforms that strengthen family farms, small business, and rural communities. Under his leadership, the Center provided loans, training, and business-planning assistance to over 10,000 small businesses in rural Nebraska.

Chuck was elected three times as a Regent for the University of Nebraska, including two terms as Chair. His efforts led to tuition assistance for students from modest income families and the creation of a Rural Futures Institute, aimed at revitalizing small communities.

Chuck serves as Treasurer for Bethany Lutheran Church of Lyons. He previously served on the Board of the USDA North Central Region Rural Development Center, the Nebraska Rural Development Commission, USDA Commission on Small Farms, and the Board of Bread for the World, a national Christian ecumenical anti-hunger organization.

Chuck is a University of Nebraska graduate and native of Platte Center, where his family has farmed for more than a century. He lives with his wife, Kate, in Lyons. They have two sons, Anton and Peter, both graduates of Lyons Decatur Northeast and University of Nebraska.