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Central Iowa Team

The Iowa Latinx Project is directed by a collaborative leadership team. The all-volunteer team was drawn from across the economic and social sectors representing the diversity of Latino leadership in the region. Together, we are worked to analyze the statistics and stories presented in Nuestro Iowa and develop strategies to advance our community and our state broadly to fulfill our mission and vision.

Central Iowa Collaborative Leadership Council

"*" Indicating Founder  

"**" Indicating 2023 Chair

  • Ana Coppola, Chair, Polk County Health Department **

  • Dawn Martinez Oropeza, Chair, Al Éxito***

  • Rob X Barron, Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact, Iowa Political Network *

  • Frank Dunn-Young, City of Des Moines

  • Gabriela Fuentes, Plan Parenthood

  • Gabby Guerra, Al Éxito

  • Junior Ibarra, Ibarra Realty Group

  • Erica Johnson, Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice*

  • Juan Pablo Sanchez, Greater Des Moines Partnership

  • Claudia Schabel, Schabel Solutions


"*" Indicating Leader


  • *Claudia Schabel, President and CEO, Schabel Solutions

  • *Juan Pablo Sanchez, Director of Inclusive Business Strategies, Greater Des Moines Partnership

  • Joe Enriquez Henry, League of United Latin American Citizens


  • *Gabby Guerra, Al Éxito

  • *Rob Barron, Executive Director, Iowa and Minnesota Campus Compact

  • Maria Alonzo-Diaz, Member At-Large, Des Moines School Board

  • Kate Bennett, Education Community Impact Officer, United Way of Central Iowa

  • Eduardo Bolaños Jackson, Restoration and Safety Coordinator, Hoover High School

  • Dawn Martinez Oropeza, Al Éxito

  • Anadelia Morgan, Member At-Large, West Des Moines Community Schools Board of Education

  • Yvette Sanchez, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Specialist, Kraus Group


  • *Ana Coppola, Public Health Planner, Polk County Health Department

  • *Gabriela Fuentes, Senior Advocacy Strategist, Planned Parenthood of the North Central States 

  • Dr. Nalo Johnson, President and CEO, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

  • Daniel Zinnel, CEO, Proteus, Inc.

  • Betty Mond, Bilingual Counselor, Catholic Charities

  • Kay Tannatt, Coordinated Intake Manager, Visiting Nurse Services of Iowa


  • *Frank Dunn-Young, Senior City Planner, City of Des Moines

  • *Junior Ibarra, Team Leader, Ibarra Realty Group

  • Amal Barre, Vice President of Planning and Strategy, Oakridge Neighborhood Services

  • Julian Casseli, President/Owner, Caselli Construction

  • Ryan Doyle, Real Estate and Land Development Manager, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

  • Joel Ibarra, Owner, Monarca Properties & Monarca Construction

  • Gerardo Perez, President, Andrew’s Roofing

  • Clint Sloss, Project Manager, Hubbell Realty Company


  • *Erica Johnson, Executive Director, Iowa Migrant Movement for Justice

  • Sonia Parras Konrad

  • Alejandro Murguia Ortiz

  • Tom Chapman

  • Marya Moriel de Banuelos

  • Derma Rivera Aguirre

Statewide Iowa Team


  • Valeria Gonzalez, North Iowa Area Community College


  • Magali Marquez, (Check Bio)


  • Himar Hernandez, Iowa State University Extensions

Sioux City

  • Victor Diaz Galindo, Sioux City High School

  • Dr. Jennifer Gomez, Sioux City School District

  • Ricardo Osorio, Siouxland Mental Health

Storm Lake

  • Joanne Alvorez, Plains Mental Health

  • Emilia Marroquin, Upper Des Moines


  • Claudia Rivera

West Liberty

  • Carmela Lechuga. West Liberty Bank       

  • Omar Martinez

  • Ed Moreno, Gentle Family Dental**

Research Consultant

  • Yadira Guzman


Latinx Project Coordinator, Dawn Martinez Oropeza, Al Éxito

Al Éxito Fiscal Sponsor

Past Founding Members

  • Nathan Blake, Iowa Attorney General

  • Kenia Calderón Cerón, Green State Credit Union

  • Miguel Contreras, Flock DSM

  • Suzanna de Baca, Business Publications Corporation

  • Alejandro Hernandez, Drake University**

  • Alex Jimenez, Wildflower

  • Noemi Mendez, Capitol View Elementary School

  • Barbara Quijano Decker, Catholic Charities



Joel Huting



Darcie Vandegrift


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Central Iowa Story
Session Participants

Fatima Calderón

María Elisa Campos

Juana Colin-Hernández

Isabel Contreras

Merced Cruz

Diana Echeverria

Orlando Fuentes

Jovita Gómez

Rodrigo Gonzáles

Jorge Gutiérrez

Rocio Hermosilla

Jocelyn Hernández

Melissa Hidalgo

Junior Ibarra

Victor Jiménez

Dr. Nalo Johnson

Josefina López

Jesús López

Pilar Martínez-Reyes

Fátima Martínez-Soto

Daizy Martínez-Soto

Edwin Méndez

Leticia Moreno

Agustin Oropeza

Sonia Reyes

Courtney Reyes

Celeste Treviño

Lissette Villalba Torres

Three anonymous participants

Iowa Story
Session Participants



Des Moines Community Foundation

Angela Dethlefs-Trettin


Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

Suzanne Mineck


United Way of Central Iowa

Renée Miller


Delta Dental of Iowa

Anna Nalean

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