We’re shining the spotlight on Vimary “Vee” Valdés, Office Manager at the Women’s Fund of Omaha. Before joining the Women’s Fund, Vee worked as a paralegal in the legal industry for about five years. Prior to that, she was a freelance hair & makeup artist in the adult industry. She is also a proud Latina, queer, single mom focused on raising the next generation of independent and capable women of her family through her daughter. Vee is currently enrolled in college with her sights on using her education to help the sex work and queer communities.
Vee is passionate about intersectional feminism and how important it is to the advancement of marginalized communities and the need for sexual education for our upcoming generations as a method of empowerment as well as art, cats and baking.
We sat with Vee 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?
Getting to work in a place surrounded by women with amazing and empowering energy. Even when I’m not having a great day, being around everyone here makes me feel better.
Describe the Women’s Fund in 3 words.
Empowering, Trailblazing and Diverse
Best thing about living/working in Omaha?
I love Omaha. I am not from here and will never leave. There’s a lot of progress in this city, and it’s great to raise kids in. There’s something for everyone here, you get to experience all the seasons and Halloween is beautiful. It’s also very progressive for the Midwest.
When you’re not working, what’s your favorite thing to do?
It’s not my favorite but it’s what I do the most—being in school. Outside of that, I hang out with my kid, find cool places to eat and watch Netflix.
What’s one goal you hope to accomplish within the next year?
A work-related goal would be being able to master all my responsibilities. This position is new and hasn’t existed before, so I have the opportunity to make it my own. I would like to have a more defined role and support the needs of the staff.
What’s the most interesting or unusual job you’ve ever done?
Some of the most interesting work I’ve done was in the Adult Entertainment industry. I worked as a bearded, erotic lady, and also did hair and makeup for adult movies for a few years.
I also taught sex education for the AIDS foundation in Puerto Rico. There, I worked with a group called Faces of Strength, and coached queer youth about intimacy, healthy relationships and safe sex.
What are you listening to these days?
I listen to a lot of music and podcasts. One of my favorite podcasts is ATWWD (And That’s Why We Drink)–it’s a paranormal, true crime podcast by a non-binary person, Em Schulz, and a woman named Christine Schiefer. They are awesome and have a ton of funny, witty banter. I also listen to Rachel Maddow and NPR.
I’m currently obsessed with Cardi B—I love her because she doesn’t sugarcoat anything and she represents Black Latinas, a portion of the Latina community that is often ignored. I’m also into Snow ThaProduct, she’s a Mexican, queer rapper. I love anything but country and Mexican Rancheras.
If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you?
She would have to be a Latina. I would say Michelle Rodriguez, if she was chubby. She’s a badass and very sassy. But truly, there isn’t much representation of who I am in Hollywood, but she would be the closest thing.
Photograph by Anna Finocchiaro