We’re excited to welcome Olivia Patinkin, our newest Weitz Fellow. Olivia is a recent Carleton College graduate with a background in theater and a minor in gender, women’s and sexuality studies. Her passion while at Carleton was finding the intersection between these two fields in order to spark action, and she is excited to continue pursuing this passion as she launches her career at the Women’s Fund. Olivia looks forward to supporting the Women’s Fund’s mission of addressing gender-based inequities in Nebraska and beyond through collaborative, people-first efforts.
We asked Olivia a few questions about her experience at the organization so far, and what she likes to do in her free time.
What’s your favorite part of working at the Women’s Fund so far?
I’m still very new BUT I’m obsessed with the fun-loving, supportive energy displayed by my peers.
Describe the Women’s Fund in three words?
Passionate, human, pink
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
Living right next to the new park. 😊
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
Take walks and read! Not at the same time though.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish personally in the next year?
Get more politically engaged in preparation for the upcoming election (and for life).
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever done?
In college I was in charge of cleaning out the student-run theater, which was built in the 60s and has barely been touched by maintenance since then. It’s covered in murals and signatures from past students! But also, rusty nails and dust.
What are you listening to these days?
Miley Cyrus’s new album and the Harry Potter audiobooks (narrated by Jim Dale, of course).
If Hollywood made a movie about you, who would you like to see cast as you?