Kelli coordinates County communications efforts and provides support to all departments and offices. This includes media relations, social media management, community engagement and outreach, and serving as the County's lead Public Information Officer. Prior to joining Johnson County, she worked as a communications professional at the City of Iowa City, as well as the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, Office of Strategic Communications, and International Programs.
Local Food Assistant
Cassidy assists in the development of policies and resources that promote local food production, food chain resiliency, and food security. She also provides staff support for the Johnson County Food Policy Council and assists with 10-year Master Plan implementation and event coordination at the Johnson County Historic Poor Farm. Prior to this position, Cassidy worked as the Local Foods Intern for the Board Office. Cassidy holds a B.A. in Environmental Policy & Planning and a certificate in Sustainability from the University of Iowa.
Project and Systems Analyst
James provides support for strategic development and implementation of improvement projects, programs, and special county initiatives. He provides coordination for improving the County’s core functions and evaluating the impact systems improvements have on the County’s growth. Before joining the Board Office, James worked at Johnson County Public Health supporting performance improvement in department operations, workforce development, and community insights, as well as serving as the Accreditation Coordinator for the department. James holds a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa and a M.S. in Urban & Regional Planning from the School of Planning and Public Affairs (University of Iowa).
Krista provides support and coordination for County communications efforts, including media relations, social media, and community outreach. Prior to her position as Communications Assistant for the Board of Supervisors, she worked in Elections for the Auditor's Office. Before joining Johnson County, Krista provided freelance social media and design work to businesses in Iowa City and worked as a communications specialist in the nonprofit sector in Maryland and Washington D.C.
Local Food and Farm Manager
Ilsa provides resources, collaboration assistance, and other support to farmers, processers, marketers, educators, distributers, and other members of our community food system. She assists the Johnson County Food Policy Council with their recommendations and annual public forums. Before joining Johnson County in May 2018, Ilsa worked at North Liberty Community Pantry as the Garden and Operations Coordinator.
Program Compliance Specialist
Sean ensures that Johnson County’s grant-funded programs and projects maintain consistent and uniform compliance with all rules and regulations. He holds a B.A. in History from Coe College and worked in area nonprofits prior to joining the Board of Supervisors Office. Most recently, Sean worked with the Catherine McAuley Center after several years with the African American Museum of Iowa.
Paola Jaramillo Guayara
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator
Paola leads the county’s effort to promote and enhance Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as they permeate through local county government and the greater Johnson County community. Through programs, trainings, and services, she promotes an inclusive and diverse employee community, in partnership with the Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Ambassadors to embody the strategic plan. Paola holds a B.S. from the University of Iowa in Human Physiology with interest in mass communication and a minor in Dance. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors Office, Paola worked at the Coralville Community Food Pantry as the Programs and Communications Coordinator.
Media Production & Technology Assistant
JJ assists the Johnson County Communications team and Board of Supervisors with their media and technology needs. He has experience as a videographer and editor for a non-profit organization and university, as well as news writing experience. He has a B.A. in Journalism. Prior to joining Johnson County, he spent five years as a stay-at-home dad to his three kids.
Allison provides support for the grants team, researching, writing and administering grants for Johnson County departments. Prior to joining the Board Office, Allison worked in Elections at the Johnson County Auditor’s Office. She holds a PhD in History and Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from the University of Iowa and worked as a Graduate Instructor and Writing Center Tutor at the University of Iowa History Department.
Jill provides administrative support for the Board Office. Prior to this position she worked for Johnson County Livable Community, freelanced graphic design and administrative services, and worked for the City of Iowa City, in Document Services (now Communications) department.