Rob Barron Elected to United Way of Central Iowa Board of Directors

August 15, 2019

United Way of Central Iowa’s board of directors has approved the addition of nine members for a two-year term starting July 2019.  Rob Barron, Special Assistant, Government and Community Relations at Grand View, has been elected.

As the special assistant to Grand View University President Kent Henning, Rob represents Grand View before elected officials and bureaucrats and works to build relationships with the community on behalf of students, faculty, and staff.  He was the first Latino in Polk County history to win elected office and is currently serving his second term on the Des Moines School Board. He founded the Latino Political Network, a non-partisan organization that educates and empowers Latinos to serve at all levels of elected office throughout Iowa. He previously worked thirteen years for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in Washington and Des Moines. 

“Our board is committed to helping drive United Way in its efforts to improve the lives of central Iowans through education, income and health,” said Nora Everett, board chair for United Way of Central Iowa. “We welcome the new members’ expertise, experience, and leadership to maximize the ways we can serve our community to make it better for everyone.”

Congratulations, Rob!

About United Way of Central Iowa:

United Way of Central Iowa fights for the health, education, and financial stability of all central Iowans. For over 100 years United Way of Central Iowa has brought together nonprofits, businesses, government, community leaders, volunteers, and more to identify and tackle central Iowa’s toughest challenges. Focusing on issues such as early grade reading, poverty, mental and social health, high school graduation, and career training, United Way of Central Iowa inspires central Iowans to give, advocate, and volunteer to improve lives and empower all in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Iowa, visit