Meet our new Executive Director!

The Women’s Fund of Omaha Board of Directors is pleased to announce Jo Giles as the next executive director. Jo is an experienced policy advocate, nonprofit veteran and strategic communicator. She will join the staff on May 3.

We are extremely excited to have Jo accept the role of executive director. She brings a wealth of knowledge, skills and experience that will help take the Women’s Fund into the next phase of growth and to continue to advance our vision of a community where all women and girls have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

“I’m thrilled to join the dynamic, talented Women’s Fund team at a monumental point in its organizational story,” said Jo. “Even as our community recovers from the pandemic, economists refer to this time as a ‘shecession’ instead of a “recession” because of the tremendous impact on the lives of women. The Women’s Fund is well-positioned to lead our community—from a position of awareness, equity and action—to support the lives of women and girls.”

In this position, Jo will lead the organization’s work to address gender-based inequities in our community through collaboration that identifies, researches and creates solutions to advance, educate and fund lasting impact. These efforts will align with the Women’s Fund values—equity, bold impact, collaboration, community voice, intersectionality, bodily autonomy—and be executed in coordination with 13 full-time staff members.

As Board President, I also wanted to extend my gratitude to Erin McArthur who served as acting executive director during the interim process. The Women’s Fund continues to work on the most critical challenges facing women and girls and with your support, we will continue to make a big impact in our community.


Aileen Warren
President, Board of Directors
Women’s Fund of Omaha