Jonann Wild

Profile Updated: August 25, 2009
Class Year: 1969
Residing In: Washington, DC USA
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Life has been quite interesting since leaving Valley High School... I have met so many great people who are working to build stronger communities.

~ Resettled refugees from Southeast Asia and Cuba.

~ Worked in the Iowa General Assembly where we passed the first funding for child care assistance, the rape shield law, condoms in vending machines, continued funding for the Spanish Speaking Commission.

~ Ran the Polk County Attorney's Neighborhood Mediation Center which created six other programs in Iowa.

~ Conference Coordinator and Director of Resource Development for the National Organization for Victim Assistance where I coordinated a Colloquium on the Short and Long Term Effects of Crime on Mental Health which brought together sixteen different professions to begin to dialogue.

~ Handmaiden to McGruff the Crime Dog at the National Crime Prevention Council where I was Director of Youth Development and also created the Outreach to New Americans which built partnerships between refugee communities and law enforcement.

* Worked with volunteer citizen councils appointed by their mayors in six communities in Texas to create comprehensive crime prevention plans in less than eight weeks.

* Got to particpate in youth-planned and led Camp several times each summer to work with young people to assist them in developing as young leaders as well plan action projects.

~ Director of Co/Motion for the Alliance for Justice which was a 40 hour advocacy curriculum for youth. The young people would come in as a group interested in solving a community problem and would leave with a 45 day plan of action, tag line, key message, logo and also briefed a key policymaker at the end of the session.

~ Director of Training and Technical Assistance for Youth Crime Watch of America where young people work together to mentor other youth and help out in their community.

* Weathered Hurricanes Kat and Wilma in '05 and in '04 packed the office for evacuation four weeks in a row due to hurricanes.

~ President, Council for International Understanding in Des Moines which hosted the annual International Food Fair.

~ Founding President of Asian American LEAD which serves Vietnamese refugee families in Washington, DC.

~ Vice Chair of HIPS (Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive) which does outreach to teen sexworkers on the streets of DC.

~ A Memorable Moment.... Meeting and actually having a 5 hour private conversation with Paul Rusesabagina of "Hotel Rwanda" fame. An ordinary man who saved 1268 people during the craziness of the Rwandan genocide.

~ Today, after over 30 years of being a cause junkie, I am stepping back to a kinder and gentler occupation - petsitting and personal services. It has been a great new aspect of the life journey.

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