Erin Mullenix

What do you do for ISU Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach?

I enjoy a shared role with ISU Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach and the Iowa League of Cities. I am a community data analyst with CED, and the research director with the League. I provide research and assistance on local city issues including: public budgeting, local tax, public pensions, and infrastructure research; grants; emergency management/community resilience; finding/using government data resources; data-driven decision-making in local government; connecting communities and resources; and using data to help tell the local community story.

What is the best part of your job?

In my shared role with ISU Community and Economic Development Extension and Outreach and the Iowa League of Cities, I enjoy the variety of my work. I enjoy connecting and helping make a difference in local government. And, I enjoy working with two outstanding teams of smart, dedicated people!

Name one fun thing about yourself that not many people know.

I’m an avid swimmer. I grew up swimming on the local youth and high school swim teams. After some years off, I returned to swimming over a decade ago, and am a regular competitor at the Iowa Games.

What do you do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family, going to the local farmer’s markets, swimming, biking, reading, and traveling.

Provide quality research, information, and assistance to local communities in Iowa

How do you create a #StrongIowa?

I hope to contribute to a #StrongIowa by bringing together resources, learning and working together, and inspiring great thinking

What have you been up to lately (in your job)?

COVID-19 related finance research; local finance/budgeting work; researching local issues; promoting and working on smart and connected communities projects; multiple grant projects