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Eleanore C. Taft

What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?

I am an operations specialist with the Stanley Foundation, managing event logistics. My professional background includes politics, hospitality, media, and performing arts. I joined the foundation team on December 31, 2018.

What do you like most about your job?

I have been inspired since day one by the passion and intelligence of my coworkers. I have been equally blown away by the high level of organization and productivity the staff achieves while maintaining a warm and respectful office culture. The goals of the foundation align closely with my values, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to apply my skills and experience in service of those goals.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Iowa City, but I have explored other states quite a bit since high school. My longest stretches in other cities have been New Orleans, San Francisco, and Norman, Oklahoma. 

What are your hobbies?

I often return to activities from previous careers, such as cooking, dancing, and writing in my spare time. I love to travel and learn about other places, even if it’s just exploring Iowa’s small towns and natural areas. I spend as much time in nature as I can. I also enjoy playing music and attending live performances.