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. Donna 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, Donna was featured in a Sundance Award-winning film about the 1992 struggle against the anti-gay Ballot Measure 9. Donna 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 Smith joined the One Iowa staff during the 2010 election as Field Organizer. 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 currently 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 Crow 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 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.
Hannah Nell, AmeriCorps Member
Hannah joined One Iowa in 2014 as an AmeriCorps member working with Iowa Pride Network over the course of a year. She moved to Des Moines from Wisconsin, where she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2014 with a BS in Agricultural and Applied Economics and Political Science. Hannah is interested in work within the LGBT community, especially youth development. Hannah will serve as a resource for Gay Straight Alliances across the state working to make schools more inclusive and safe for everyone.
K.O. Myers, Development & Operations Manager
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K.O. Myers has studied and written about judicial selection and other judicial policy issues for state and national nonprofits since 2007. He moved to Iowa in 2011 after seven years in Philadelphia, where he graduated with a JD as part of the inaugural class at the Drexel University School of Law in 2009. In his spare time, K.O. produces and hosts OMGDSM, a podcast about interesting people and projects in Des Moines.
Carol Sawyer, Creative Consultant
Carol Sawyer brings her skills in project management, website building, grant proposal writing, and informal education to One Iowa. From an early career in research science she transitioned to developing science exhibitions. As Director of Exhibits and Planning at the Museum of Life + Science she oversaw a major museum expansion and the development of three nationally touring exhibitions. Carol enjoys engaging people in science inquiry and has taught countless students to make slime, silly putty, and a variety of noise makers. She has organized parents and teachers to fight for equity and ending high-stakes testing in public schools – using her creative skills to create compelling media events about education issues featuring giant yellow pencils, a giant puppet, even a dance flash mob.
Jason Dinesen, Accounting Consultant
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.