As director of the Indiana Institute for Working Families (IIWF), Jessica Fraser has a lot on her shoulders. As a branch program of the Indiana Community Action Association (IN-CAA), IIWF conducts research and promotes public policies to help Hoosier families achieve and maintain self-sufficiency. In Fraser’s role, she oversees the research and advocacy efforts of a team of policy analysts, working on a host of issues affecting low-income families.
“Because IIWF is a small program, we have all become a ‘jack-of-all-trades,’” Jessica said. “Each of us, including myself, engage in research and data analysis, speaking engagements, advocacy with state and federal lawmakers, and fundraising through grant writing and donor engagement.”