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NAMI Iowa Welcomes Engagement and Advocacy Intern

We are excited to welcome Rob Marko-Franks as a new addition to our staff here at NAMI Iowa! Rob is joining us as an Engagement and Advocacy Intern for the summer, so he will be working on improving relations with our local Affiliates and creating some resources which will strengthen our advocacy at all levels across the state.

Rob will enter his fourth year at Grinnell College this fall, where he is studying Psychology and Policy Studies. While originally from Colorado, Rob found Grinnell thanks to some family he has in Bettendorf and Clive, whom he also visits during the school year when the workload gets a little too heavy.

Rob first learned of NAMI after an alum mentioned the group during a networking event held at Grinnell. He then applied for an internship with and worked for the NAMI National office in Washington D.C. in the summer of 2016. While there, he caught the “policy bug” and began itching to bring his new experiences back to Grinnell. He thought it would be nice to do more local work, which brought him to our state office and led him to found a NAMI On Campus chapter at Grinnell College!

He is most looking forward to watch how legislation is crafted and discussed on the “ground floor”. A lot of information from his classes at Grinnell have already come in handy during his short time with us, so he is excited to get some real-world practice and use out of all those essays and readings he has had to do. For this, he would like to visit committee or workforce meetings, meet with legislators and lobbyists, or just watch how the “real adults” work in the policy world (because he isn’t ready to graduate and become one of them just yet).

Rob is staying in Des Moines over the summer and is looking forward to exploring the city! He has heard many good things from friends and family about the city and everything it has to offer. He is always looking for suggestions or advice on how to live alone or unique places to visit in the city and state.

Thank you to Rob for helping us with this important work!

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