Public Policy in Iowa Forums - Fall 2017
This series of public forums are jointly sponsored by the Public Policly Center’s Social and Education Policy Research Program and the Big Ideas course, Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America.
Each of these panel discussions are free and open to the public (see details below), and all take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 26: Education Policy in Iowa - Room 107, English & Philosophy Building (EPB)
Tuesday, October 17: Work and Wages: Labor Market Policy in Iowa - Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Tuesday, November 7: Anti-Poverty Policy in Iowa - Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Thursday, November 30: Managing Risk in Iowa - Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
|6:30 PM||Education Policy in Iowa - Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America, Fall 2017 Series||
|6:30 PM||Work and Wages: Labor Market Policy in Iowa - Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America, Fall 2017 Series||
|6:30 PM||Anti-Poverty Policy in Iowa - Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America, Fall 2017 Series|
|6:30 PM||Managing Risk in Iowa - Equality, Opportunity, and Public Policy in America, Fall 2017 Series|
State Senator, Iowa District 43
Joe Bolkcom is a State Senator for Iowa District 43, and assistant majority leader of the State Senate.
Director of Equity and Engagement, Iowa City Community School District
Teamsters Local 238
Jesse Case is a labor organizer for Teamsters Local 238, and for the Teamsters Community Action Network (TeamCAN).
Iowa House of Representatives, District 86
Mary Mascher is serving her 10th term in the Iowa House of Representatives. She is an Assistant Minority Leader. She also serves on the Administration and Rules, Education, Labor, International Relations and State Government committees.
Mary graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972 and, has since earned a master’s degree in counseling education from the University of Iowa and worked as a counselor at Roosevelt Elementary. After teaching for 33 years in the Iowa City schools, Mary retired in June of 2009.
Mary has been very active in her community. She helped organize the first girls’ softball league in Iowa City and served on its board of directors. Since 1988 she has sung and acted in numerous productions of the Iowa City Community Theater, and also served on their board of directors. She has been a member of the Iowa City Parks and Recreation Commission, the Iowa City Riverfront Commission, and was president of the Iowa City Education Association. From 1992-1997 Mary served on the State Sesquicentennial Commission.
In 1994, Mary was elected to the Iowa House where she has been an advocate for women, children and families. Mary serves on the State Reading Recovery Advisory Board and Executive Committee. She was appointed by Governor Vilsack to the State Council on Continuous Improvement of Educational Excellence.
Mary has received numerous honors/awards for her service and leadership. A few are listed below:
- 1996 – Iowa Counseling Associations’ Legislator of the Year Award
- 1999 - National Reading Recovery Teacher Leader Friend of Education
- 2003 – Girl Scouts of Mississippi Valley – Growing Strong Award
- 2010 – Corridor Business Journal – Women of Influence Award
- 2011 – Heritage Agency on Aging – Outstanding Elected Public Official
- 2012 – Iowa Physician’s Assistant Society – Outstanding Leadership Award
- 2013 – Iowa Pride Network – Roger Wendt Education Award
Thomas A. Mayes
Attorney II, Iowa Department of Education Division of Learning and Results
Thomas A. Mayes is an attorney with the Iowa Department of Education’s Division of Learning and Results, where he advises the department on education law and policy and provides information on education law to Iowa’s parents and educators. Before joining the Department, he was a staff attorney for the Iowa Court of Appeals, a staff attorney in Iowa Legal Aid’s Waterloo office, and law clerk to Justice James H. Carter of the Supreme Court of Iowa. He is a member of the National Council of State Education Attorneys, the Iowa State Bar Association, and the National Association of Counsel for Children. He was appointed by Chief Justice Marsha Ternus to the state’s Children’s Justice State Council and is a board-certified Child Welfare Law Specialist. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Baylor University; his law degree, with highest distinction, from The University of Iowa College of Law; and a master’s degree in education leadership from Lehigh University.
Eastern Iowa Center for Worker Justice
Mazahir Salih is the past president and current organizer for the Eastern Iowa Center for Worker Justice, and is a candidate for Iowa City City Council.
University of Iowa Labor Center
Jennifer Sherer directs the University of Iowa Labor Center.
Johnson County Board of Supervisors
Rod Sullivan serves on the current Johnson County Board of Supervisors.
Superintendent, Davenport Community Schools
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