Kameron Middlebrooks, minority business coordinator for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, has been named Iowan of the Week by U.S. Representative Cindy Axne. She honored him for his service, leadership and efforts to create a more equitable society without racial discrimination. Axne made the announcement June 5.
Middlebrooks also serves as president of the Des Moines Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
In her statement, Axne called Middlebrooks a leader “who has been on the front lines not only of recent peaceful protests, but also of the day-to-day work of lifting up a community from within.”
In his role with ISU Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development program, Middlebrooks coaches Africans and African-Americans with small-business development and nonprofit strategies. He is based in Des Moines but serves the entire state of Iowa.
“Kameron has spent countless hours in service to the Des Moines community since the death of George Floyd. He has been on the front lines mediating situations between protestors and the Des Moines Police, and has been involved in countless other activities,” said Gary Taylor, director of ISU Extension and Outreach’s Community and Economic Development program. “Kameron’s work defines ‘community development,’ which is bringing people together to solve problems and create lasting change.”