Today, we’re putting the spotlight on Traci Bruckner, Research and Policy Director here at the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Traci joined the Women’s Fund in June 2016 after spending the last 15 years with the Center for Rural Affairs leading their federal policy efforts around agriculture, conservation, beginning and women farming issues.
Traci’s role at the women’s fund is to oversee research efforts and develop strategy and relationships that will improve the lives of women and girls through public policy solutions.
We sat with Traci and asked her few questions about her experience so far at the Women’s Fund, and what she likes to do outside of work.
What’s your favorite part of working for the Women’s Fund?
The people that I get to work with are really great. I feel that I’m working on important issues that will help level the playing field for women.
Describe the Women’s Fund in 3 words.
Committed, Passionate, Strategic
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
Meeting a lot of new people, and getting to work with interesting people. Great places to eat lunch, compared to Lyons, NE where we had three choices. The lunch spots in Omaha are pretty fantastic.
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
Right now, spending time going to my son’s activities. I really like music events and concerts. I like to do things around my house and work on interior decorating. I like to read, and I love watching masterpiece theater. I like to watch shows that give a historical perspective, it’s interesting to see how far we’ve come and how far we have to go.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?
I really would like to have a “win” on payday lending reform. That’s one of the policies I’d like to have a victory on. It’s usury, it’s predatory; we need to change the law around what the lenders can charge and the percentage of income they require for repayment. We’re going to need a passionate champion to push it through the legislature.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever had?
Policy related work is pretty interesting. The role of government should be that everyone has fair opportunities to reach their full potential.
What are you reading or listening to these days?
I listen to NPR a lot. I’m listening to audiobooks because I spend so much time on the road. I’m listening to “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” and reading “Men Explain Things to Me” by Rebecca Solnit.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Kristen Wiig. I would love to see her cast as me because I love humor and comedy. I would love to see that.