Luana Nelson-Brown, MSPH

Executive Director

Luana Nelson-Brown, MSPH, is the Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition for Collective Change, an organization the provides training and technical assistance to culturally specific anti-violence organizations, homicide response programs and organizations and corporations wishing to adopt and implement anti-racist policies and procedures and collaborate with marginalized communities according to best practices. Luana has supported several federal initiatives aimed at building capacity in organizations providing services to marginalized communities in Iowa including the African American, Asian Pacific Islander, African Immigrant/Refugee, Meskwaki settlement, Deaf and hard of hearing, and Latinx communities. Luana is also the former co-chair and current board member of Iowa Women for Progressive Change, a Political Action Committee dedicated to supporting candidates committed to introducing and implementing anti-racist polices in elected offices across the State. Luana holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College. Both are a historically black university and college, respectively, of which she is a proud alumna.  Luana is a widow whose proudest accomplishment has been raising her three children, ages 28, 17, and 11, and believes that the daily microaggressions associated with oppression are acts of violence and a public health issue that directly affect other epidemics in society such as homelessness, poverty and early death.

Contact

luananb@iowachange.org

(515) 500-1069

Olivia Samples

Membership & Training Coordinator

Olivia Samples is one of the Membership and Training Coordinators at ICCC. She provides training, support and advocacy for the Culturally Specific Programs and Homicide and Other Violent Crimes Programs throughout the state. Olivia graduated from Simpson College with a degree in Public Relations and Women’s and Gender Studies where she advocated and organized for racial and gender justice on campus. Olivia is a passionate advocate working at the intersection of reproductive justice and equity for historically marginalized people. Currently, she is working toward becoming a doula to support mothers of color during our current maternal health crisis.

Contact

olivias@iowachange.org

(515) 500-1070

Alexandra Nassif, MSW

Membership & Training Coordinator

Alexandra Nassif, MSW, is a Membership & Training Coordinator with ICCC. She primarily provides training, technical assistance, and other support to member programs that serve survivors of homicide & other violent crime, as well as culturally specific programs. Alex holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Iowa, and earned her MSW at the University of Michigan. She has spent her career in survivor services, public and higher education, and other nonprofit settings. Alex has a particular interest in community organizing and policy advocacy around the intertwined human rights issues that impact our daily lives.

Contact

alexandran@iowachange.org

(515) 500-1071

Lacey Smith, MSW

Program Assistant

Lacey provides everyday administrative support to ICCC staff and members.

Contact

contact@iowachange.org

(515) 500-1068

Rhonda Dean

Fiscal Manager

Contact

rdean@iowachange.org

(515) 500-1072