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Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel, Executive Director
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O: 515-288-4019 x1
Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel has served as One Iowa’s executive director since January 2017. He is also adjunct faculty at Iowa Central Community and Des Moines University and a respite provider through Lutheran Services in Iowa. He has over 10 years of nonprofit experience working with the LGBTQ community, migrant and seasonal farmworkers, Latino community, and individuals with disabilities.
Daniel has a Doctorate of Education in Leadership from Creighton University. His doctoral work includes a dissertation titled Resilient Leadership: A Case study about a gay man’s journey of coming out and running for public office. He holds an M.A. in health studies from the University of Alabama, a B.A. in liberal arts with sociology and psychology minors from Grand View University, and an A.A. from Iowa Central Community College.
In 2015, Daniel received one of the Des Moines Business Record’s Forty Under 40 awards. In 2012, he received the Karen Packer Spirit of Collaboration Award at the Iowa Cancer Summit. Daniel completed the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute’s Community Leadership Program in 2017.
Keenan Crow, Director of Policy and Advocacy
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Keenan Crow has been active in Iowa politics since 2010 when they interned with Chris Hall’s campaign for Iowa State Representative. Since then, they have been involved with several nonprofit organizations including Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Cedar Valley Citizens for Undoing Racism. They were also involved in One Iowa’s campus group at the University of Northern Iowa.
Keenan obtained a BA in Political Communications and a Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Northern Iowa. They are a 2018 New Leaders Council fellow.
Erica Barz, Communications and Grants Coordinator
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A graduate of Simpson College with a BA in English and minors in multimedia journalism and women’s/gender studies, Erica interned with One Iowa in the summer of 2014. The experience solidified her desire to contribute to the fight for complete LGBTQ equality. She continued to volunteer at One Iowa where she worked on One Iowa’s Senior Survey and the LGBT Health & Wellness survey by analyzing participant responses and helping to write the survey reports.
Erica spent the spring of 2015 in Washington, D.C. as PFLAG National’s Policy and Communications Intern, where she managed social media and contributed to multiple PFLAG publications, including Our Trans Loved Ones, an expansive publication aimed at answering questions parents, family, and friends of transgender people may have after their loved one comes out. She currently serves on the LGBT Advisory Council (LGBTAC), a subcommittee of the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission.
Buffy Jamison, Program Coordinator
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O: 515-288-4019 x5
Buffy graduated with her Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Denver (DU). Her concentration in the program was Diversity in Higher Education, reflecting her desire to support historically marginalized communities in their educational endeavors. Buffy is also dedicated to educating the general public about members of marginalized communities who are often left out of vitally important aspects of the community at large. Her love of education and passion for social justice traveled back with her when she returned home to Iowa.
While at DU, Buffy focused her scholarly efforts on college students who are on the Autism Spectrum with an emphasis on intersectionality. Her work also centered on issues related to the LGBTQIA community and people of color. She received her BA in World Languages and Cultures/Spanish from Iowa State University (ISU).
Buffy’s past leadership roles include serving as president of DU’s Black Graduate Student Association, DU’s NASPA Graduate Student Associate, Inclusive Excellence Fellow at DU’s Center for Multicultural Excellence, president of ISU’s LGBTA Alliance, volunteer coordinator of the 2012 Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference, and co-founder of ISU’s Gamma Rho Lambda Omicron chapter. Serving in these roles inspired Buffy to be a fervent advocate for each of her communities. She is delighted to be part of the One Iowa team.
Courtney Reyes, Stewardship and Donor Relations Coordinator
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O: 515-288-4019 x4
Courtney Reyes has always been drawn to helping people. Growing up in small town Iowa, this was instilled in her at a young age. After graduating from Iowa State University, Courtney worked in a chemical dependency treatment facility for women and children. This work opened her eyes to the world of advocacy and taught her that people need a voice and want to feel heard.
Courtney was inspired to become more involved in the community after the 2012 election. Since then, injustice in our state has become more apparent to her, and she’s ached to do more. She is excited to be part of One Iowa‘s mission to preserve and advance LGBTQ equality in Iowa.