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Visionaries: Helping communities build better futures

Everybody’s job requires some multitasking, but Roberto Gallardo takes it to another level. In addition to being the full-time director of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD), he started wearing another hat when he picked up a second, nearly full-time role.

As he mentions at the end of the video here, Gallardo has drawn on his deep background in extension and outreach to aid the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs with their Next Level Connections (NLC) Broadband Grant programs. He has done that all while overseeing the PCRD’s efforts and team of almost 20 staff.

“Typically, it’s been Monday and Fridays here in West Lafayette, and then Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday down in Indy or wherever I am needed,” Gallardo said.

Another hat Gallardo wears while in this additional leadership role is the selection of a long-term NLC Broadband Program Director to aid in the continued success of these initiatives.

With a passion for crunching numbers, helping others, and sharing the findings of the PCRD, Gallardo has a firm position in what he calls the “engagement trenches.”

But it’s not all work and no play for Gallardo, he joked that he has always had dreams of getting his pilot’s license and once his teenage daughters leave for college, it may be another “hat” this talented Renaissance man adds to his collection.

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Jon Wright, student filmmaker and blogger Jon Wright, student filmmaker and blogger
Jon Wright is a lecturer in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and teaches COM 217 (Science Writing and Presentation). He is currently majoring in agricultural communication, which will be his fourth Purdue degree. He lives with his wife Casey (also a Purdue alumna) and their son, Matthew, in Lafayette, Indiana.
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This blog and video are part of the Visionaries series, which highlights the work and lives of researchers in the Purdue University College of Agriculture. The content for this series is created by the students of ASEC 280 (Digital Storytelling).

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