NIFA Welcomes New Executive Director


The Nebraska Investment Finance Authority (NIFA) is pleased to announce a new Executive Director.

Shannon R. Harner has accepted a position as Executive Director of NIFA beginning August 14, 2020. Harner is an experienced attorney with a long history in the housing industry.  She is the former President and CEO of HomeServices of Nebraska, a Berkshire Hathaway affiliate, where she worked for 13 years in the areas of title, mortgage, insurance and brokerage, beginning as in-house counsel. Prior to that, Harner was in private practice for 15 years, with a practice focused on real estate, banking and estate planning and probate. She is active in the Lincoln community and sits on a variety of boards, including Humanities Nebraska, Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, and Bryan Medical Center, among others.

Harner replaces Tim Kenny, who announced his retirement after serving as the Executive Director of NIFA for the last 27 years.

“NIFA is a valued and crucial partner in our shared vision to grow Nebraska,” said Department of Economic Development Director Anthony L. Goins. “On behalf of my entire agency, we wish to congratulate Ms. Harner on her new appointment, and look forward to seeing our state thrive under her unique capabilities and outstanding leadership.” 

NIFA is excited to welcome Shannon to the team and continue providing a broad range of resources for affordable housing and community development in Nebraska.