Board of Directors
Eric Idehen was born in Nigeria, lived in the Ukraine and Spain and is now a naturalized citizen of the United States. He has been a community development and diversity consultant, as well as a banker and construction economist. His wide-ranging career trajectory has given him a tremendous wealth of experience to assist clients in the areas of diversity training and education, community development and leadership. Mr. Idehen is currently the Vice President of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank Mr. Idehen is fluent in English, Spanish, Russian and five Nigerian dialects. He holds a undergraduate degree in Quantity Surveying, a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), and presently working on his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology with emphasis on Organizational Diversity and Social Change.
Originally from Lima, Peru, Juan Garcia is a graduate of the Harvard Business School program of Leadership Best Practices. He currently oversees the Strategic Partnerships for the Center for Equity in Learning at ACT, working with existing and new partnerships fulfilling ACT’s mission of helping people achieve education and workplace success. Prior to joining ACT, Mr. Garcia was the Executive Director of ICAN. In this role he became a champion of college access and readiness for the Iowa College Access Network (ICAN). He was able to established relationships with school, district administration, state and local leaders, as well as other nonprofits to reach ALL students, ensuring that these students were aware of the support that was available to them for pursuit of higher education. He is fluent in Spanish.
Originally from El Salvador, Sonia is the Executive Officer for the Office of Latino Affairs, Iowa Department of Human Rights. In this role Sonia advocates and serves as an ongoing resource for Iowans of Latino heritage, government agencies, businesses and other organizations by coordinating and participating in economic, social and cultural efforts statewide. She has been doing grassroots work with the Latino Community in Iowa for almost 20 years assisting victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, working in dropout prevention with Latino youth in high school and college, with Latino families who are involved with the Department of Human Services helping them reach their goals and in her last position as the Regional Director at Proteus, she worked to help migrant and seasonal farm workers in Iowa reach their educational, health and personal goals.
Deann is the executive director of United Ways of Iowa. UWI is the statewide association of 24 Iowa United Ways and focuses on public policy, training, and networking. Deann has more than 20 years of nonprofit experience as both staff and board member at the local, state and national levels. She currently serves on the United Way Council of State Executive Committee, the Association of Junior Leagues International Board of Directors, the Iowa Literacy Council and the Diocese of Des Moines Board of Education.