We’re shining the spotlight on Kelsey Waldron, Weitz Fellow at the Women’s Fund. Kelsey joined the Women’s Fund in August 2018 and will be in the position for one year. She assists with a wide variety of projects that include policy development, sex trafficking and domestic violence. Kelsey graduated from Carleton College with a BA in history, with a focus in South Asian history.
While at Carleton, she was a member of the Mental Health Awareness Collective that encouraged dialogue about mental health and mental illness in her community. She was also the captain of the equestrian team and worked as a student monitor at the Carleton woodshop. Through this work, she learned how to uplift students and supervise their safety.
We sat with Kelsey and asked her a few questions about her experience at the Women’s Fund so far, 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 work with and also the kind of work that we do. I think it’s really exciting to see how these women navigate political dynamics and social cultures and climates.
Describe the Women’s Fund in 3 words.
Tough, Nuanced, and Fun.
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
I’m discovering that the city is very art friendly. I love how many resources there are for artists and also the pop-up art markets.
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I really love woodworking, so I try to spend as much time as I can in the woodshop.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?
I hope to dive into the issues that I’m working on and get a better understanding of how non-profits work.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever done?
I used to work on a tour boat that gave day and night cruises. It was fun to work on the water all day.
What are you reading or listening to these days?
I just started a book called No One Cares About Crazy People and it’s by a father of two sons who are diagnosed with schizophrenia. He talks about their experience living with mental health issues and the systematic obstacles they faced.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
I really love Emma Watson. She’s strong-willed and tough and that’s what I strive to be. Photograph by Anna Finocchiaro