Who are we?

UWCI logo - light blueThe 21-Day Equity Challenge is a project of United Way of Central Iowa, in partnership with several organizations and dedicated individuals across our community. 






This group of dedicated professionals and experts have helped us compile the information we presented each day of the 21-Day Equity Challenge. We are honored to work with such a prestigious and knowledgeable team to ensure participants receive the best possible perspective from a rich and diverse point of view. Our Steering Committee Members are:

  • Anne Bacon

  • Joshua Barr (Co-Chair)

  • Mary Bontrager

  • Elisabeth Buck (Co-Chair)

  • Kristi Burma

  • Jamel Crawford

  • Dr. Marvin DeJear

  • Diamond Denney

  • Erin Drinnin

  • Nora Everett

  • Dr. Anita Fleming-Rife

  • Sherry Gupta

  • Inger Hall

  • Renee Hardman

  • Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel

  • Lauren Johnson

  • Heather Jones

  • Izaah Knox

  • Erin Lain

  • Janice Lane-Schroeder

  • Miriam Lewis

  • Leah Lint

  • Kameron Middlebrooks

  • Stephanie Moris

  • Julian Neely

  • Manisha Paudel

  • Nicole Stepleton-Hardin

  • Mark Stringer

  • Stephanie Swartz

  • Joy Talmon

  • Scott Valbert

  • Angela Weekley


The following organizations have provided funds or services to support the 21-Day Equity Challenge, Any funds raised that are not used to cover expenses will be invested at the direction of a panel of experts in programs and initiatives in central Iowa that work to address equity issues.

Bankers Trust
Business Publications Corporation
Capital Crossroads
City of Des Moines
F&G Annuities & Life
Grinnell College
John Deere
Mid-Iowa Health Foundation White
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United Way of Central Iowa
Wells Fargo