Jon Wolseth

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

My work lies in three primary areas. First, I assist immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs and small business owners by working with them to navigate the regulatory environment and permitting process. Second, I collaborate with stakeholders who are interested in creating welcoming, integrated, and equitable communities by drawing on my outreach and qualitative research skills. Finally, I work with communities to better understand and address their housing needs through research and engagement.

What is the best part of your job?

I get to wear a lot of hats and work all over the state. I enjoy the variety of projects I get to work on and programming I deliver, but the best part is being able to connect with Iowans and work together to improve where we live.

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

Two things (bonus!): I’m an Eagle Scout and I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.

What do you do in your spare time?

Hike and explore.

What is one thing you would like to accomplish in this position?

Raise the profile of the contribution of Iowa’s immigrant and refugee populations to the economic and cultural vibrancy of the state.

How do you create a #StrongIowa?

I advocate for diverse perspectives and voices at decision-making tables.

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

I’ve been busy delivering our cultural competency training (Navigating Difference) and community leadership training (Leading Communities) as well as working on housing related studies.