National Urban Extension Leaders

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In an effort to reinvigorate a national discussion and move toward a more sustainable and integrated approach to urban Extension, a group of mid-level administrators working in metropolitan areas across the country began meeting in late 2013. This group is called the National Urban Extension Leaders (NUEL) with an acknowledged purpose to advocate and advance the strategic importance and long term value of urban extension activities by being relevant locally, responsive statewide, and recognized nationally.  NUEL's Steering Committee consists of 17 people with a balanced representation from the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy's (ECOP) five regions, as well as one representative from ECOP and on representative from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The NUEL hosts biannual networking meetings which are broadcasted to our NUEL network.


To join NUEL's network, please contact us today!  To review past biannual meeting minutes, please clicking here. For upcoming events and biannual meetings, visit our Upcoming Events page! To learn more about NUEL and our operational procedures, please click here.


The NUEL Steering committee is led by an executive committee which includes one representative from each of ECOP's five regions. The role of our executive committee is to manage the planning and communications of NUEL, plan agendas, maintain focus and act on behalf of the group in-between opportunities for broader decision-making. Terms of the executive committee will be one year beginning with the annual meeting in December of each year. 

Meet The Executive Committee

Patrick Proden

Western Region


OSU Extension Service Education Center

1815 NW 169th Place, #1000

Beaverton, OR 9706

p. 503-821-1150


Marie A. Ruemenapp

North Central Region


Michigan State University

28115 Meadowbrook Road

Novi, MI 48377

p. 248-380-9100


Christopher C. Obropta

Northeast Region

National Conference Liaison

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

14 College Farm Road

New Brunswick, NJ 08901

p. 932-848-5711


Katherine R. Williams

Southern Region

Action Team Coordinator

North Carolina State University

4001-E Carya Drive

Raleigh, NC 27610

p. 919-250-1109


Anthony Tuggle

1890 Region


Tennessee State University

3500 John A. Merritt Blvd

Nashville, TN 37209

p. 615-898-7710