On Monday, February 25, Kameron Middlebrooks, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach community development specialist, received one of four “Hidden Figure” awards as part of Wells Fargo’s Annual Black History Month Celebration Day at the Iowa State Capitol.
Middlebrooks, who is also president of the Des Moines NAACP branch, works with African and African-American small businesses and nonprofits, building strategic partnerships and helping identify areas of collaboration that can help businesses and organizations thrive in Iowa’s urban communities.
According to Jerrica Marshall, diversity and inclusion chair at Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, Middlebrooks was selected because he is “someone who has been making a major impact in our community.” He was nominated and selected by the Iowa House of Representatives “as a new, up-and-coming leader.”
The event featured comments from Governor Kim Reynolds, Black Caucus members, and the Speaker of the Iowa House. Representatives from various nonprofit and community organizations geared toward supporting the black and African emigrant communities across the state were also in attendance.