Class of 2018
Civil Rights, Social Action or Advocacy
A New York science teacher turned Nebraskan public servant and nonprofit executive, Tony Vargas focuses on building relationships across differences and opening minds to learning from others.
During PLS, Vargas created unique spaces for ideologically diverse elected officials to transcend differences and discover commonalities. Vargas believes that by providing spaces that nurture empathy and compassion, elected leaders can reconstruct civility in our democracy and influence better, more holistic public policy.