Meet the CSN Team

Laurie Ponce Lage
Laurie Ponce Lage
 Director 

Laurie Ponce Lage is the Director of the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska (CSN). Laurie served as a legal counsel in the Nebraska Legislature for three committees and nine committee chairpersons and brings a wealth of legislative knowledge to the coalition.

Born and raised in North Platte, Nebraska, Laurie attended the University of Nebraska for both her undergraduate and law degrees. She worked as a legislative page during her undergraduate years, and as a clerk during law school. Upon graduation, she began working for the Legislature. She has established relationships with legislators and other public officials, state administrators, private industry and interest groups.  As a lawyer responsible for advising the Legislature on policy and legal aspects of legislation, Laurie is able to accurately communicate those aspects, explain the relevant law, and recommend a course of action.  She has proven success in mediating and negotiating solutions to complex changes in the law.  Email Laurie – laurie@strongnebraska.org

Courtney Lyons
Courtney Lyons
Director of Policy and Engagement

Courtney Lyons is CSN’s Director of Policy and Engagement. She has over a decade of policy and nonprofit experience, working for two Nebraska state senators and as a grant writer for several organizations.

At the Legislature, she worked on various issues, including affordable housing, criminal justice reform, and workers’ rights. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology and master’s degrees in sociology and education, all from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Originally from Murray, Nebraska, she currently lives in Lincoln with her husband and two daughters.