Luana Nelson-Brown, MSPH
Luana Nelson-Brown, MSPH, is the Executive Director of the Iowa Coalition for Collective Change, an organization the provides training and technical assistance to culturally specific anti-violence organizations, homicide response programs and organizations and corporations wishing to adopt and implement anti-racist policies and procedures and collaborate with marginalized communities according to best practices. Luana has supported several federal initiatives aimed at building capacity in organizations providing services to marginalized communities in Iowa including the African American, Asian Pacific Islander, African Immigrant/Refugee, Meskwaki settlement, Deaf and hard of hearing, and Latinx communities.
Luana is also the former co-chair and current board member of Iowa Women for Progressive Change, a Political Action Committee dedicated to supporting candidates committed to introducing and implementing anti-racist polices in elected offices across the State. Luana holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Tennessee State University and a Master of Science in Public Health from Meharry Medical College. Both are a historically black university and college, respectively, of which she is a proud alumna. Luana is a widow whose proudest accomplishment has been raising her three children, ages 28, 17, and 11, and believes that the daily microaggressions associated with oppression are acts of violence and a public health issue that directly affect other epidemics in society such as homelessness, poverty and early death.
Alexandra Nassif, MSW
Membership & Training Coordinator
Alexandra Nassif, MSW, is a Membership & Training Coordinator with ICCC. She primarily provides training, technical assistance, and other support to member programs that serve survivors of homicide & other violent crime, as well as culturally specific programs. Alex holds a BA in International Studies from the University of Iowa, and earned her MSW at the University of Michigan. She has spent her career in survivor services, public and higher education, and other nonprofit settings. Alex has a particular interest in community organizing and policy advocacy around the intertwined human rights issues that impact our daily lives.