Greetings! My name is Victoria, and I am more than a candidate for the Des Moines Public School Board. I am a passionate community leader deeply rooted in the district I’d be honored to serve. I was born and raised on the city’s East Side, attending Wallace Elementary School, Hiatt Middle School, and proudly graduating from North High School (Go Polar Bears!)
My commitment to the community started early; after playing in an abandoned greenhouse and almost getting injured, I made it my mission to recruit my friends to advocate for the city to clean up the abandoned property in the Martin Luther King Jr. Park Neighborhood. This is the neighborhood where I still reside.
After high school, I went to college in Atlanta intending to educate myself and develop the skills necessary to come back and contribute to the city I love. Like many of the kids from our district, my college career wasn’t a straight line. However, I eventually graduated with honors and have a degree in accounting.
After college, I returned to my neighborhood and began working to cultivate youth and young adult development on local and national levels. Through my non-profit involvement, I am known for championing civil rights, civic engagement, and social progress. While engaging in that work, I ensure there is always a seat at the table for our young people.
Professionally, I spent 11 years working in corporate America before finding my calling in community and smaller organizations. Currently, I help to address Iowa’s workforce transportation challenges through a career I enjoy in public transportation.
My bio aside, I know you came to this page to learn why I’m running for the school board. The answer is I’m Langston’s mom. As the mother of a DMPS 2nd grader, the educational outcomes of students are personal to me. My candidacy for the Des Moines Public School Board is an extension of my parental concerns and lifelong dedication to education, empowerment, and community progress. I know the decisions our school board makes today will shape the opportunities and future of not just my son but all our community’s children.
I genuinely believe I am uniquely suited to represent District 3. With my background in youth development, community engagement, and advocacy, I can make a positive and lasting impact on the school district and the lives of our students.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me. I appreciate your interest and hope to have your support on November 7th!