- Early childhood and preschool
Jessie Rasmussen is the president of the Buffett Early Childhood Fund in Omaha, Neb., where she manages early childhood investments in Nebraska but also works in collaboration with other private investors at the national level to advance effective early childhood policies and practice based on sound research. Rasmussen’s entire professional career has focused on improving outcomes for children and families. Rasmussen began her career as an early childhood education teacher, administrator and infant-toddler specialist. She spent the next 20 years of her profession in state government, first serving as a Nebraska state senator and as the state human services director in both Nebraska and Iowa. The next few years were spent as an advocate for children and families where she played an instrumental role in the development and successful passage of legislation in 2006 that established a $60 million early childhood endowment funded through a public and private partnership.