Now accepting 2017 local election endorsement applications

Iowa Women for Progressive Change is now accepting applications for our first round of endorsements. Candidates running in local elections for 2017 can apply for endorsement and funding. Interested candidates should complete the online endorsement form to be considered. The form must be completed by August 11, 2017 and decisions will be made by August 22 in order to impact September elections.

Please help us spread the word across the state and send questions to

First PAC Deadline July 14th – DONATE TODAY!

Iowa Women for Progressive Change has had a busy first few months. We held our first fundraising event and have been working to recruit great women to serve on our board. As we continue our outreach and make plans to support women running for office, we hope you will consider a donation.

Friday, July 14th is our first reporting deadline as a PAC and we want to show the state and the world that there are donors ready and willing to specifically support women, particularly from marginalized communities, in getting elected at local and state levels. We plan to roll out our endorsement process soon and start supporting candidates, but we need your help.

Spread the word and make a donation today!

Power Shift, This is a new kind of politics.

Join us to see what it looks like to shift power to a new and diverse group of leaders. At the event, you will hear from the new leaders we have endorsed about how their lived experiences have and will impact their commitment to working for our communities. We welcome all, including those that this might be their first political event. We invite you to engage with our board to learn more about our work and ways to get involved. In a political climate where words are no longer enough, we will act by coming together.
Tickets are $25. Donating more than the ticket price makes you a host of our event! Ticket sales will go towards supporting the candidates we have endorsed.

We are excited to offer a table option, too. A table for 8 people is $400 and includes 5 bottles of wine, 2 cheese plates, and chocolates. 

Iowa Women for Progressive Change

We are proud to endorse Lindsay James for Iowa House for House District 99!

Lindsay has a history of advocating for communities of color and has become a chairperson in the Dubuque NAACP. She co-founded and directed the Loras College Peace Institute and has collaborated with religious communities to build understanding. She is already a city commissioner and has focused on issues most affecting marginalized communities. We are excited to support Lindsay in getting a new position in the Iowa Legislature!

To get to know Lindsay go to:

We are proud to endorse Matt McCoy for Polk County Supervisor in District 5!

Matt is a man who has a history of supporting women and marginalized communities during his seven terms in the Iowa Senate. As our first openly gay legislator he has been one of the fiercest advocates for LGBTQ Iowans including updating Iowa’s HIV and contagious diseases legislation and expanding the civil Rights act and hate crimes protections. The Iowa Legislature will miss Matt, but we are so excited to support his campaign to lead as a Polk County Supervisor!

To get to know Matt go to:

We are proud to endorse Reyma McCoy McDeid for House District 38!

Reyma is the Director of Central Iowa Center for Independent Living(winner of the 2018 Organization of the Year award from the Des Moines Civil and Human Rights Commission) which empowers and supports people with disabilities. As an autistic woman herself, she has worked to mobilize people with disabilities to vote. As a black woman, a single mother and a tireless advocate Reyma has focused her campaign on the people the politics often leaves behind. We are excited to support her bringing a new kind of politics to the Iowa Legislature and House District 38!

To get to know Reyma go to:

We are proud to endorse Connie Ryan for Iowa in Senate District 21! 

Connie has served as the Director of Interfaith Alliance of Iowa for the past 16 years. She has lobbied and advocated for the issues of the LGBT community, religious minorities, communities of color and reproductive rights. Connie also helped create Justice Not Politics to protect our courts. She has a proven track record in the Iowa Legislature and we are proud to support her race for an Iowa Senate seat!

To get to know Connie go to


We are accepting 2018 endorsement applications


Source: Board of Directors for the Iowa Women for Progressive Change PAC

Des Moines, Iowa- Iowa Women for Progressive Change PAC is now accepting endorsement applications from candidates in state and local races. Candidates must apply on the PAC’s website by February 24th, 2018 to be considered.

Luana Nelson- Brown, Co-Chair of the PAC, said, “Iowa Women for Progressive Change is excited to endorse candidates that have the capacity to work toward dismantling oppressive systems in our state and do their part to build structures that support marginalized communities.”

If endorsed, the PAC will publicly support the candidate and activate a network of volunteers who can provide field and other in-kind volunteer services. Endorsement does not necessarily mean that the PAC will provide a donation. This is a separate decision made each cycle based on availability of funds and the pool of candidates who apply.

IWPC began three years ago when a group of progressive women started a Facebook group to share their thoughts and ideas about politics and policy. The group quickly grew to include a community of over 400 women. The group decided to launch the IWPC Political Action Committee (PAC) last spring to continue the momentum the group fostered.

IWPC seeks to broaden the accessibility of elected office to progressive women, particularly women who have been historically underrepresented, through the provision of early financial contributions, non-traditional support, education, and encouragement through a strong social network.

Sonia Reyes- Snyder, PAC Board Member, said, “We are looking forward to endorsing candidates for the 2018 elections that will make Iowa a more inclusive state.”

Iowa Women for Progressive Change PAC seeks to build a more equitable Iowa by shifting power to a more diverse group of leaders committed to ending the systems that uphold racism, sexism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia and all other forms of discrimination.

Contact co-chair of the PAC, Luana Nelson-Brown, at or visit our Website  for more information.



First PAC Endorsements Announced

For immediate release, August 23, 2017
Contact: Jessica Taylor Erwin, IWPC Co-Chair, 515-681-5741

Iowa Women for Progressive Change Political Action Committee is proud to announce its inaugural candidate endorsements. IWPC PAC seeks to support progressive women running for state and local office, particularly those from marginalized and underrepresented groups. This includes women across the state running for everything from school board to governor with early funding and access to a network of supporters interested in providing volunteer and in-kind services. The goal is to not only increase the number of women running for office, but to expand the field of candidates to include women with varied backgrounds and perspectives including race, socioeconomic status, and other lived experiences.

The PAC launched in April 2017 and began accepting endorsement applications in July. This group of endorsed candidates represents some of the first to apply. Priority was given to candidates up for election next month in local and school board races. Due to the generosity of the PAC’s early supporters, candidates who requested financial support will receive checks this week.

Endorsed Candidates:
Deidre DeJear for Iowa Secretary of State
Kyrstin Delagardelle Shelley for Des Moines School Board
Lori Lovstad for Ankeny School Board
Kelly Davydov for West Des Moines School Board
Kate Larson for Dubuque City Council
Rhonda Martin for Johnston City Council

“We are thrilled with the quality of candidates we are able to support in this initial round,” said PAC Co-Chair Luana Nelson Brown. “We look forward to continuing to support them as candidates and election officials and continue building a network of strong, progressive women.”

Still in its early stages, the PAC also recently elected several new board members. See a full list of members. The organization is an avenue for those interested in supporting greater gender parity, diversity and progressive values in Iowa’s elected positions to take action. In addition to fundraising efforts the organization is also working on partnerships to provide training and support for women running across the state.

Featured Guests Announced for May 18 PAC Launch Event

Join Iowa Women for Progressive Change in celebrating the launch of our political action committee on May 18. We are thrilled to announce our featured guests for the event!

Iowa House District 43 Candidate Jennifer Konfrst will give welcoming remarks.

Des Moines Register columnist Rekha Basu will moderate a panel of elected officials who will share their experiences running for office, challenges they have faced, and advice for women who might be considering running.
Panelists include:

• Som Baccam, Polk County Hospital Trustee and former Board Member, Des Moines    Public Schools
• Dionna Langford, Board Member, Des Moines Public Schools
• State Representative Jo Oldson
• State Senator Janet Petersen

Please register for the event at: All are welcome to attend; donations are appreciated. 

Attendee: $25
Contributor: $50
Friend: $100
Supporter: $250
Host: $500
Doors open at 5:00 pm; the program begins at 5:30 pm. Following the panel, attendees are invited to stay for cocktails and networking.