Steffani Simbric has advocated for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and human trafficking for approximately 20 years. Her career started at Cedar Valley Friends of the Family in Waverly, Iowa, where she worked as the domestic violence shelter coordinator, transitional housing program manager, and assistant director of the agency.
Subequently, Steffani provided leadership for the Story County SART (Sexual Assault Response Team), based out of the Iowa State University Police Department. In this capacity, she trained law enforcement and medical professionals in sexual assault response, monitored responses to reports of sexual assault for quality assurance, and provided technical assistance to other communities and institutions of higher education wishing to enhance their response to reports of sex abuse.
Most recently, Steffani was employed as a Law Enforcement Instructor with the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. In this role, she coordinated the human trafficking curriculum and trained law enforcement and close allies on responding to and investigating reports of human trafficking. In addition, she served as the back-up instructor on the topics of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and stalking.
Steffani is a national trainer and speaker as well as a board member of the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence. Her education includes a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Northern Iowa, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Iowa State University.
Steffani joined the Iowa Child Advocacy Board in November 2019.