|Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 2|
|High school||Omaha Central High School|
|Bachelor's||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
|Master's||University of Nebraska at Omaha|
Rhoades is a lifelong resident of Omaha, Nebraska. Rhoades attended Omaha’s Central High School. Upon graduation, she received a Goodrich Scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha. There she earned a B.A. in political science and psychology. She also studied public administration. Rhoades later earned a Master's degree in political science from University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Following college, from 2000 to 2006, Rhoades worked as an IT analyst with Aquila.
In 2006, Rhoades began working at the University of Omaha Neighborhood Center developing solutions to crime, safety, housing and health issues by working with elected officials to advocate for their neighborhoods. She stayed with the Neighborhood Center until 2013.
Also in 2006, Rhoades was elected to the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors. She served as treasurer, secretary and chairwoman of the board.
In 2013, Rhoades became the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives Coordinator for Douglas County. In that role, she seeks to improve outcomes for children who enter the juvenile justice system.
Rhoades has also worked with the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, the Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, the Metropolitan Community College Foundation and the Omaha Health Kids Alliance Housing Committee.
Rhoades has been honored with a number of awards recognizing her efforts both at Metropolitan Community College and the Neighborhood Center. She was named one of the Omaha Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Omahans. She also received the League of Women Voter’s Making Democracy Work Award, Nebraska Democratic Party – John F. Kennedy Award and the Nebraska’s First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award. Additionally, Rhoades is a graduate of the Omaha Chamber’s Leadership Omaha class 33.
- Bachelor's degree, University of Nebraska at Omaha
- Master's degree, University of Nebraska at Omaha
Rhoades has been endorsed by retiring commissioner Anne Boyle. Boyle has been on the commission for 17 years. Boyle endorsed Rhoades at her retirement announcement stating:
- “I am gratified Crystal Rhoades has decided to run for the Omaha seat,” Boyle said. “Crystal is a dynamic public servant. She has proven to be a hard worker who is willing to make difficult decisions.”
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