Donna Red Wing, Executive Director
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Donna Red Wing served as Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership and as Chief of Staff at Interfaith Alliance, Walter Cronkite’s organization in Washington, D.C. She was one of three members of the Obama’s kitchen cabinet on LGBT concerns and was Howard Dean’s outreach liaison to the LGBT communities. Red Wing has also held leadership positions at the Gill Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. While directing the Lesbian Community Project in Oregon, Red Wing was featured in a Sundance Award-winning film about the 1992 struggle against the anti-gay Ballot Measure 9.
Red Wing was the first recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Faith & Freedom. In contrast, during the Dean campaign the Christian Coalition called her “the most dangerous woman in America.”
Matty Smith, Director of Communications & New Media
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Matty came to One Iowa during the 2010 election cycle first as a volunteer, and then joined the staff full-time as Field Organizer shortly thereafter. In summer 2011, Matty was promoted to New Media Coordinator, where worked to elevate One Iowa’s visibility online and in social media. In the summer of 2013 Matty graciously accepted the position of Director of Communications and New Media, where he manages both traditional and online media initiatives for the organization. Matty brings with him a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from Drake University.
Keenan Crow, Outreach Coordinator
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Keenan has been active in Iowa politics since 2010 when he interned with the Chris Hall for Iowa State Representative campaign. Since then, he has been involved with several non-profit organizations including Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism. He was also involved in the One Iowa campus group at the University of Northern Iowa, where he first heard of the organization. Keenan obtained a BA in Political Communications and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Northern Iowa.
Becky Smith, Iowa Pride Network Coordinator
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Becky has been a part of the One Iowa team since the beginning of 2014, when she came to the organization as a program intern. She graduated with Distinction from the University of Iowa, with her Bachelor’s of the Arts in Social Work in May, 2014. Her interest is in policy-related issues concerning the LGBT population, and how individual attitudes and beliefs can impact the lives of LGBT Iowans. She accepted the position of Iowa Pride Network Coordinator in July, 2014, and brings with her a passion for helping young people combat homophobia and bullying in their schools, and ensuring that a student’s school is a more inclusive and safe place for all people. She serves as a resource for current GSA leaders and faculty advisors across the state’s middle school, high school and college Gay/Straight Alliances. She will also be establishing connections with schools that do not have functioning GSAs, and helping kick-start groups that are interested in forming their own chapter at their school.
Erica Barz, Intern
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Erica is interning with One Iowa during the summer of 2014. She is currently an English major at Simpson College in Indianola, IA, and is also pursuing minors in Multimedia Journalism and Women’s/Gender Studies. Her graduation date is set for May 2015. She is currently the president of Simpson’s LGBTQIA student advocacy group, Simpson PRIDE, and her work with that group is what drew her to One Iowa. While working with One Iowa, she will maintain a focus on media and communications while helping with and learning about a bit of everything.
Jason Dinesen, Accounting
As a Licensed Public Accountant constantly studying tax law and tax publications, Jason admits to being a bit of a “tax nerd.” He loves helping people alleviate their fear of – and frustration with – tax preparation and planning. After leaving a career as a news director for a radio station in 2007, Jason shifted his professional focus to accounting and started his own company, Dinesen Tax, in 2009. Jason works with many LGBT clients, and joined One Iowa in December 2013 to assist with the organization’s accounting. He holds a degree in corporate communications from Simpson College in Indianola.