Born and raised in Bethel, Alaska, Tiffany is of Yup'ik and Polish descent. She is the daughter of Joe Hinz of Kipnuk and Patricia Zulkosky of Baudette, MN, and Bethel. After graduating from Bethel Regional High School, Tiffany attended Northwest University in Kirkland, WA, where she received a Bachelor's Degree in Organizational Communications. In 2015, she received her Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, AK.
Intending to pursue a career in journalism and public relations, opportunities would lead Tiffany to public service. In 2007, she won an election to Bethel City Council. She served a year in her term, before being appointed by her colleagues to serve as Bethel's Mayor at the age of 24; where she gained experience advocating before the Alaska State Legislature. Tiffany was appointed as the Rural Director for U.S. Senator Mark Begich in early 2009. With experience in rural community planning and development, Tiffany currently works full-time in tribal health.
Appointed to the 30th Alaska State Legislature by Governor Bill Walker, Tiffany represented her home region, District 38, in the House of Representatives. There she served as Co-Chair of the House Community & Regional Affairs Committee, Vice Chair of the House Health & Social Services Committee, and as a member of the House Education Committee.