We’re shining the spotlight on Tiffany Seibert Joekel, Research and Policy Director at the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Tiffany joined the staff in March 2018 and immediately hit the ground running. She is passionate about helping people get involved in public policy and has spent most of her career around the state legislature, with some local and federal policy work intermingled throughout.
As our Research and Policy Director, Tiffany oversees research efforts and develops strategy and relationships that will improve the lives of women and girls through public policy solutions. Before joining the Women’s Fund, Tiffany worked as the policy director at OpenSky Policy Institute. She’s also served as a Director of the Coalition for a Strong Nebraska and a legislative aide for a state senator in the Nebraska Legislature. Tiffany has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in International Relations from Creighton University in Omaha.
We sat with Tiffany 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?
I have found that the work the Women’s Fund is doing is exciting—it’s important and the Women’s Fund is asking the right questions. I love that we understand the importance of doing research and fully understanding an issue before diving in. The work of the Women’s Fund is intentional and connected to those most impacted by these issues. The staff are great and regarded as experts in their areas and are forces to be reckoned with in their areas.
Describe the Women’s Fund in 3 words.
Fearless Not Reckless
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
Omaha has always felt like a big, small town. I’m from a small town of about 500 people and so I think that the size of Omaha allows you to build relationships while still offering the amenities of a larger city. There are certainly big problems here, but I feel that we’re able to wrap our heads around them and make a difference. It’s also close to my family in Iowa so it’s great to be able to go home.
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
I like to spend time with my family. I have a toddler now, he’s 15 months old, so new adventures in parenthood are a way that I spend my time. I like to be outside, run, and take advantage of some of the fun opportunities that Omaha has to offer.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?
There’s such great work already being done at the Women’s Fund, so my goal is to find ways to support that work and elevate the expertise of the staff so we’re changing policies to affect the greatest number of women and girls.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever had?
Working as a legislative aid for a senator in the Nebraska legislature. I learned how to be an effective advocate and I had a lot of opportunities to be exposed to some interesting topics. That was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.
What are you reading or listening to these days?
I am listening to a lot of podcasts although that is changing since I no longer am commuting to Lincoln every day. I listen to Pod Save America regularly and This American Life. My favorite of late is More Perfect, it’s a really interesting one. I also listen to The Weeds by Vox and The Axe Files. So, listening more than reading these days.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
Jennifer Lawrence. She fell on stage at an awards ceremony and that seems like something I would do. She also seems like she doesn’t take herself too seriously.