We’re shining the spotlight on Nick Zadina, our new Freedom from Violence Project Coordinator. Nick is assisting in the creation of a coordinated systems response to domestic violence, sexual assault and sex trafficking that will keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable. He has a background in training utilizing theatrical techniques and is passionate about using human experience to create meaningful change.
We chatted with Nick and asked a few questions about what it’s been like working at the Women’s Fund so far, and what he likes to do outside of work.
What’s your favorite part of working at the Women’s Fund so far?
Easy, it’s the people, hands down. I’ve had excellent luck working with many amazing folks throughout my career and the Women’s Fund is no exception. The energy, brilliance and leadership of those at the Women’s Fund is humbling and I am thrilled to be on the team.
Describe the Women’s Fund in three words?
Bold, Collaborative and Visionary
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
My wife and I are foodies and there are never a lack of restaurants or food shops to try in Omaha. Omaha Restaurant Week is a holiday at our house. Some of our favorites are Lutfi’s Fried Fish, Mixins and Modern Love.
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I love playing board games and have a decent collection of them. When I’m not board gaming you can find me watching Union Omaha soccer, Blue Jay basketball or the Baltimore Orioles baseball. You may also find me out walking our two Pekingese, Mr. Pickles and Lady Zucchini.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish in the next year?
I want to immerse myself in the world of public policy and learn the intricacies of lobbying to support the creation of meaningful change for women in our community. I hope to introduce a bill this year while also meeting lobbyists, legislative aides and senators to build meaningful relationships.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever done?
For three years I was a crisis counselor at the Boys Town National Hotline. At this job, I spoke to people who were all sorts of different types of crisis. Some had suicidal thoughts, others were in abusive relationships or others were struggling with parenting. In this job, I learned that listening is often far more impactful than advice.
What are you listening to these days?
I never miss a week of ‘This American Life.’ I also love ‘Revisionist History’ and anything Esther Perel does. If I want something a little more mindless, ‘Dear Hank and John’ is always a good time.
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you like to see cast as you?
I don’t want Hollywood to make a movie about me. There are enough movies about cisgender white men. Let’s not do another.