“All my bags are packed I am ready to go….”
I can’t help having this song running through my head right now, as I prepare to leave the Iowa Policy Project and my fantastic job as Outreach Coordinator.
As the inaugural Outreach Coordinator for the Iowa Policy Project and its umbrella organization, the Iowa Fiscal Partnership, it is with mixed emotions that I pack my office up and drop off the keys. I am leaving the organization that has given me so many incredible experiences, so many wonderful friends and colleagues and so much knowledge of the remarkable state I live in.
My sadness comes from departing the world of policy analysis and making the work relevant and digestible to an audience we rely on to carry our messages of fairness and equity.
My happiness, however, comes from knowing what will become of the position I have worked so hard to create. That position, and those responsibilities, will be all the more improved with Lily French taking the reins.
Lily has been working at the Iowa Policy Project since April of 2008 and in her time she has been in the role of Research Associate, doing ground-breaking research that has had her traveling all across the state discussing policy analysis around economic opportunity issues for low- and moderate-income working Iowans. She will take over my duties officially as of July 30, 2009. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to become a part of this exciting transition at IPP! She would love to talk to you!
My appreciation is never ending for the staff at the Iowa Policy Project who took a chance on a hire with a steep learning curve relating to analysis of tax and budget policy, and energy and environmental policy. I couldn’t have had the amazing experiences I have this last 2 1/2 years had it not been for a forbearing, supportive work environment that allowed me to thrive, explore new things and develop a fire for policy analysis and advocacy in Iowa that will carry me through my next great adventure: working toward my Ph.D. at the University of Iowa’s School of Social Work.
It has been a pleasure representing the Iowa Policy Project and working with a whole community of constituents to get good ideas made into great policy. I am sure our paths will cross numerous times in the future, so until then, best of luck to you all!
Posted by Kristi Lohmeier