One Iowa ED Donna Red Wing to retire in December 2016

One Iowa

Donna Red Wing

DES MOINES — One Iowa Executive Director Donna Red Wing has announced she will retire in December 2016 after more than four years leading the state’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) organization and three decades of LGBT advocacy and leadership.

“I have been honored to work with the board, donors, staff and volunteers of One Iowa,” Red Wing said. “These are passionate people who invest their time and their expertise to make Iowa a better place for LGBT persons to live and work. I am so proud of the work we’ve accomplished together.”

“After I retire from full-time work, I look forward to staying involved in our movement and our community. I also look forward to spending real time with my wife, my grandson, my friends and my dog. And I hope to pursue some long awaited dreams.”

“I believe I am leaving One Iowa in a position of strength and possibility with a dedicated board and experienced staff. I look forward to the next chapter of One Iowa as they continue their important work engaging people and communities, moving toward full equality through grassroots efforts and education.”

Members of the One Iowa board of directors will lead a transition team to conduct a search for Red Wing’s successor.

“On behalf of the board, we wish Donna the very best in her retirement from One Iowa,” Jenny Smith, vice chair of the One Iowa board of directors, said. “Under her leadership, we have made significant strides expanding our programming to LGBT equality from cradle to grave in health and human services, law enforcement, schools, the judiciary, the business community, media and communities of faith.  We are confident that One Iowa is well-positioned for continued success.”

Prior to joining One Iowa, Red Wing served as Executive Director of Grassroots Leadership and Chief of Staff at Interfaith Alliance in Washington D.C. She was co-chair of the Obama for America 2008 LGBT Leadership Council and Howard Dean’s outreach liaison to the LGBT community. Red Wing has also held leadership positions at the Gill Foundation, Human Rights Campaign and the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

via press release