The Honorable T.M. Franklin Cownie, Mayor, City of Des Moines, Iowa
Zachary Mannheimer, Vice President, Creative Placemaking, Iowa Business Growth Company
Henny Ohr, Executive Director, Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center
Moderator: Matt Vasilogambros, Staff Correspondent, National Journal
Rob X. Barron is the co-founder of the Latino Political Network, a non-partisan organization which serves to educate and empower Latinos to serve at all levels of elected office throughout Iowa. Additionally, he works for NextGen Climate Action as their Iowa Political Director. From 2002 to 2015 Rob worked for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin. For the last six years of his work, he served as Senator Harkin’s State Staff Director. Prior to starting that position, he worked for four years as an education policy advisor to Senator Harkin in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for work on education legislation at all levels, from early childhood education to higher education.
T.M. Franklin Cownie
Thomas Michael Franklin "Frank" Cownie is the current mayor of Des Moines, Iowa in the United States. He owns and operates Cownie Furs, a store that has been in his family for generations.
Zachary Mannheimer is Vice President of Creative Placemaking for Iowa Business Growth Company.
Henny Ohr is Executive Director of Ethnic Minorities of Burma Advocacy and Resource Center.
Matt Vasilogambros is a policy writer for National Journal, covering foreign affairs, the White House and Congress. He previously covered the 2012 presidential election and other federal elections for the National Journal and The Hotline. Before joining the company, Matt covered politics for PoliticsDaily.com, the Iowa Independent and the Huffington Post. Matt is a graduate of Drake University, where he served as editor-in-chief of the award-winning student newspaper. He is a native of Arlington Heights, Ill.