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A lifelong Iowan, Caroline recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Political Science and International Studies. During her time at the University of Iowa, Caroline was involved in numerous organizations and was an active member of the Iowa City community. In 2010, she completed an internship in Senator Tom Harkin's Des Moines office where she focused on constituent services, including authoring more than 100 constituent correspondences and traveling to multiple Iowa towns as part of the mobile outreach tour. Caroline also had the opportunity to study abroad in London and complete an internship in the United Kingdom House of Commons. Working with Member of Parliament Bridget Phillipson, Caroline researched legislative issues including a large focus on issues of domestic violence and policing. Additionally at the U of I, Caroline was involved in Student Government, University Democrats, Women's Resource and Action Center and was a four-year member of the Hawkeye Marching Band.
Caroline recently completed the George Washington Carver internship at the World Food Prize Foundation, where she worked on the national expansion of youth programming. Additionally, Caroline finished a 6 month position at the Iowa International Center working as a Program Associate in the interpretation and translation department.
Originally from eastern Iowa, Nathan moved to Des Moines in 2009 to study at Drake University. Throughout college, Nathan cheered for many Drake sports teams and explored more than a few career paths, including an internship with the Bruce Braley for Senate campaign. He fell in love with the up and coming Des Moines area, and decided to call it home. Before and after graduating in 2013 with a degree in Marketing and Human Resources, he developed skills in his role as a community organizer with the League of Conservation Voters. Nathan worked to build relationships with neighbors, community activist groups, and prominent stake holders throughout central, while managing a team of interns and volunteers on Drake University's campus.
Recently, Nathan has begun a new position as a Human Resources Assistant with Primary Health Care, a non profit community health center dedicated to serving the medically insured, uninsured and under-insured with their health care needs. In his free time, Nathan enjoys volunteering with Oxfam America, reading, biking, traveling, and spending quality time with friends.
Michelle Grau, Attorney
Michelle Grau is a Labor Relations Attorney with the Iowa Department of Administrative Services. She is an Iowa native with a passion for public service. She holds a Juris Doctor Degree and Master of Business Administration Degree from Drake University. While in her tenure at Drake, Michelle was involved in activities both within and outside of the law school community. She has served in various student organizations and as the Student Bar Association President. Michelle has previously held clerkships at Baer Law Office, the Polk County Attorney's Office, Iowa State Public 4the Polk County Attorney's Office, Iowa State Public Defender's Office, and Polk County District Court. Before attending law school, she interned at the Iowa Attorney General's Office, and has worked as an Associate in the Executive Office of the President. She has also interned in the Office of Vice President as part of the White House Internship Program.
Michelle is a graduate of Iowa State University where she majored in Business Management and International Business with a Spanish minor. She has enriched her major in International Business by participating in two study abroad programs in Ireland and Spain. While at Iowa State University, Michelle interned at Manpower in Ames and also interned in the Iowa Governor's Office. Michelle has served as a Cyclone Aide and Cyclone Aide Advisor at Iowa State University.As a Cyclone Aide Advisor, she led a team of thirty Cyclone Aides and ten student leaders to promote Iowa State University to incoming and prospective students. Michelle participates in Junior League of Des Moines and enjoys volunteering in the community. Michelle has enjoyed growing personally and professionally and is looking forward to what the future holds.
Caroline Jones is a social media consultant with several years experience managing social media strategy for local and national industry leading brands and businesses. She is currently serving her second year as President of Social Media Club Des Moines for the 2014-2015 term. She has led and developed local chapter growth within the international organization providing education, resources, and networking opportunities for thousands of social media professionals in the Des Moines area. In August 2014, Social Media Club Des Moines hosted the first inaugural #Hashie Awards, recognizing and celebrating professional and student excellence for Iowa-based social media projects. In 2014, Caroline was nominated and accepted as a 2015 NLC Institute Fellow, for New Leaders Council Des Moines. She is looking forward to listening, learning, and absorbing as much as she can during the fellowship, and applying the insights and values learned for the next stages of growth in her career.
Before taking the leap to start her own business, Caroline Jones Social Media Development, LLC in December 2014, she previously held a lead social media strategist role at Happy Medium, a digital advertising agency in Des Moines, managing the digital presence for top Des Moines restaurants and food providers, a custom homebuilder, and numerous community-related events and projects. During Caroline's time at Happy Medium, the company was recognized in 2013 and 2014 as the Best Social Media Company in the Des Moines Business Record 'Best of Des Moines' survey, and many of her clients received top honors in their respective categories. While at Meredith Corporation, Caroline served as lead social media strategist for Better Homes and Gardens, while supporting 30+ top tier magazine brands, during a period of rapid change and uncertainty in the publishing industry. Caroline's involvement, in collaboration with the editorial, marketing and advertising sales teams, led to many national awards, accolades and recognition for the Better Homes and Gardens brand leading the way among their competitive set 5on Facebook, Pinterest, and strategies for social media engagement, reach, and traffic.
In her personal time, Caroline has served as a Big Sister for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Iowa for four years, developing a close relationship with a young adolescent, who has become a lifelong friend. She has served for two years as a social media and public relations chair on the Governor and First Lady Branstad's Scare-Us-Hill Pumpkin Ball committee, to raise funds for ongoing restoration and repairs at the Historic Terrace Hill site. When not serving the Des Moines community, Caroline enjoys running with Max, her loyal German Shepherd, bicycling with her friends along the beautiful trails and bike-friendly roads in Des Moines, and expanding her yoga practice with Power Life Yoga. She can be found most happy when serving others, and unwinding with alone time in nature.
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