Kelly Larson
Kelly Larson

Kelly Larson has been involved with the Multicultural Family Center since 2005, when it was first conceived by neighborhood residents with the support of an AmeriCorps VISTA member. Her passion for the Center and its work is driven by a deep longing for a world where every single individual is deeply valued for who they are and for the potential they bring to the work of building a stronger multicultural community.

Kelly has served as the Human Rights Director for the City since 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a law degree from the University of Iowa, along with an Intercultural Professional Certificate from the Intercultural Communication Institute.

Past professional experience includes serving as an adjunct professor for Clarke University and the University of Dubuque, and serving as Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration.

While attending UI, she worked as a food service worker, a crisis counselor, a psychiatric aide, and an assistant in a group home for youth with disabilities. In the past she has also served as the President of the League of Iowa Human Rights Agencies and the Vice President of the Regional Executive Council on Civil Rights.

In 2005, she received the Ruby Sutton Humanitarian Award from the Dubuque Chapter of the NAACP in recognition of outstanding service in the continued fight for freedom and justice. In 2011, she received the Spirit of the ADA Award from the Great Plains ADA Center. Kelly enjoys spending her free time with family and close friends, and nurturing her creative side through reading, writing, and nature photography.