Manisha Paudel is the Equity Coordinator for City of Des Moines, IA. She serves as the national co-chair of Government Alliance on Race and Equity, a membership network of local and regional government organizations working towards advancing racial equity. She sits on the Polk County Continuum of Care Board which aims to reduce and eliminate homelessness. Prior to this position, she worked City of Tacoma (WA) as Senior Policy Analyst, City of Dubuque (IA) as Human Relations Specialist, and City of Davenport (IA) as Management and Accreditation Analyst. She has traveled to Indonesia and the Philippines under the ICMA/Department of State Professional Fellows program to help implement a province-wide community engagement strategy and implementing projects led by young leaders.
She is also a trained facilitator on Intercultural Competency, Fair and Impartial Policing, and International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) model. Manisha holds a Qualified Administrator certification to conduct the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI). She has acquired her professional experience in Canada, East Timor, Eritrea, Indonesia, Kenya, Philippines, Nepal, and the U.S.
Manisha has a M.S. in Public Service Management from DePaul University-Chicago, and B.A.in International Relations from Drake University-Des Moines. She is also a trained facilitator on Intercultural Competency, Fair and Impartial Policing, and International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) model.
From child labor issues to environmental justice, Manisha is dedicated to focus her efforts on creating a just and equitable society for all. In her spare time, she likes to cook, eat at locally- owned restaurants, enjoy outdoors, watch documentaries, spend time with family, and explore the idea of belonging.