Board President

Schmeeka Grayer Simpson is a lifelong community activist and organizer, a Creighton University Graduate with Bachelor degrees in Health Administration, and a tour guide at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. In 2022, Schmeeka’s leadership within the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation helped finally secure his rightful position in the Nebraska Hall of Fame, bring his story to Opera Omaha, and celebrate the Malcolm X’s legend within a celebration dinner in which Stand in for Nebraska served as co-sponsor. During Black History month, reinforcing his story through book supplies at Stand in for Nebraska’s book festival in partnership with the Malone Center in Lincoln is another invaluable partnership Schmeeka has helped secure.

In addition to the numerous professional and community leadership roles Schmeeka plays, she also manages to provide homeschooling for her three children.

We are thrilled to share Schmeeka also will be representing Stand in for Nebraska at this year’s (April of 2023) Freedom Rising Conference in New York City! We can think of no better representative than Schmeeka to advance our work at the national level while also building relationships and learning alongside other national community organizers, activists, and non-profit leaders.

When asked why she committed to continuing SIFN service–now a second year on our 2023 Board of Directors team–she shared: “I serve with and support SIFN because I respect their mission, the tireless work the agency performs, and the desire to impact change holistically.. spiritually, mentally and environmentally in the communities they serve.”