We are proud to present our keynote speakers for the 2021 Iowa Ideas conference. Please check back for further updates and announcements as we reveal the remaining speakers!
Visiting Associate Professor
@ U of Iowa's Public Policy Center
Author • Speaker • Senior Fellow, Council on Criminal Justice
Iowa Native • Former Nasa Astronaut
First Female Space Station Commander
In the coming days and weeks leading up to the full Iowa Ideas conference on October 14-15, we invite you to return and read more about the featured speakers and panelists you'll engage with as we explore topics relevant to our communities and Iowa's future.
Kelly Kennedy Garcia serves as the Director of the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS). Governor Kim Reynolds appointed Garcia to oversee the state's health and social services agency in November 2019. She was unanimously confirmed by the Iowa Senate on February 26, 2020. On June 30, 2020, it was announced that Garcia would take on the role of interim Director at the Iowa Department of Public Health effective August 1, 2020./r/nThroughout her career, Garcia led improvements in organizational structure, program management, and policy development to large health care systems. She also brings to the role a commitment to building successful teams that will help Iowa families succeed.