Iowa STATEment Makers is a recognition program of the Iowa State University Alumni Association’s Young Alumni Council, honoring graduates of the past 10 years who have made strong statements in careers, entrepreneurial endeavors, academics, community service, or personal achievements. There are 17 honorees for 2014, and we’re introducing each of them to you here on the blog.
Angela (’05 public service & administration in agriculture) is the manager of food chain outreach for the National Pork Board in Des Moines – a unique position that was created with the goal of providing accurate information about pig farming after a number of food companies began banning specific on-farm practices to due activist pressure. Today she works to educate others about the industry, representing more than 69,000 American pig farmers in the process. Throughout her already-impressive career in agriculture and higher education, she has focused on service – whether it was in her position as a chapter/colony consultant for her sorority, Sigma Kappa; as an agricultural education recruiter for the University of Minnesota, where she also earned her master’s degree; or with the Iowa FFA Foundation, where directed the organization’s enrichment center and even served as interim executive director. Angela also spent 2 ½ years serving as the executive director of the Iowa Postsecondary Agricultural Student Organization, which provides leadership training and professional development for students across the state.
…her favorite college memory: “Serving on the Collegiate Panhellenic Council with 14 outstanding women from different sorority chapters on campus. These women truly have become great friends, mentors, and professional peers in my life.”
…what would make the world a better place: “If Facebook never existed! There are just some things we do not need to know about everybody.”
…the everyday item she can’t live without: “coffee”
…what she hopes to achieve: “Help define agricultural social responsibility for today’s consumers and farmers. Understanding how to bridge a gap between emotion and science toward farming practices will be critical for both the consumer and the farmer to rebuild trust in our American food system.”