Gene Hanlon has a masters degree in Public Administration. He has worked as Recycling Coordinator for the City of Lincoln since 1987. He has served on the boards of the Nebraska Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America and the Nebraska State Recycling Association. He was a founding member of WasteCap Nebraska. Prior to joining the City of Lincoln he served as Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services (now know as Neighborworks); the Omaha Area Food Bank and was a planner for the Omaha Economic Development Corporation.