Tiffany Day is the systems change & policy analyst at Ascend at the Aspen Institute. In this role, Tiffany partners with 2Gen champions in community, state, and federal systems to address structural inequities and systemic barriers that prevent families from reaching their full potential. As part of Ascend’s broader systems change strategy, Tiffany provides technical assistance to shift mindsets and prime organizations to understand, adopt, and advance 2Gen approaches to increase family economic mobility.
Prior to joining the Ascend team, Tiffany served for seven years in various capacities within the Tennessee Department of Human Services’ Commissioner’s Office. As Executive Advisor and 2Gen Consultant, she helped lead the Department’s 2G for Tennessee! and Building a Thriving Tennessee 2Gen grant-making strategy, managed the department’s $20M+ 2Gen investment portfolio, and worked with various state agencies and community-based organizations to design and implement 2Gen approaches. While serving in the Commissioner’s Special Projects and Business Intelligence Support unit, Tiffany also managed leadership institutes to promote organizational change and 2Gen capacity building, coordinated inter/intradepartmental collaborations for improved service coordination and delivery, managed the Department’s annual performance plan under Customer Focused Government as liaison to the Governor’s office, and conducted research and planning on various topics, including, but not limited to, increasing access to quality child care, poverty reduction, and anti-human sex trafficking.
Tiffany is a “creative” by nature and a strong advocate for racial, gender, and LGBTQ equity. She believes that bringing our full selves to this work is imperative. Her lived experience as a student parent and someone who has interacted with various systems throughout life helps her to approach systems change authentically and dynamically.